Armed robbery suspect released
An attempted armed robbery in Carbonear last week that had people on edge for more than a day as police hunted a suspect remained unresolved up to Friday morning.
A 20-year-old male resident of Carbonear was arrested Wednesday evening, but was released without charges being laid after some 20 hours in custody.
However, police say the man remains a prime suspect in an incident that saw a male enter the Red Circle convenience store on Water Street just before 10 p.m. on May 14 and demand money from the lone female clerk. The man was wearing what police have described as a “black cloth mask” over his face, and brandishing a knife.
It’s been learned the clerk refused to co-operate with the robber, and the man fled empty handed.
An extensive search of the area by nearly a dozen police officers and a service dog was unsuccessful, but the suspect was arrested at his home without incident the next day.
When asked why the man was released without charges, Sgt. Greg Hicks replied: “We found grounds for arrest. But the onus for us to arrest someone is lighter than swearing a charge in court.”
Police were still considering the man a “subject of interest,” and the investigation into the incident was continuing.
“We still have a number of avenues to follow,” Hicks said Friday.
Police officers were on the scene of an attempted armed robbery at Red Circle convenience store in Carbonear May 14.