‘Some­body just robbed you’

A mo­tel pa­tron tack­led the rob­ber, they scuf­fled, but the masked man es­caped and ran away

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

“I’ve al­ways felt safe here …but this kind of shakes up that men­tal­ity a lit­tle bit,” Jan­ice Holmes, Summerside mo­tel owner

Jan­ice Holmes was fold­ing laun­dry in the base­ment of her Summerside mo­tel Thurs­day morn­ing when she heard a com­mo­tion up­stairs.

Her stom­ach sank when some­one yelled down to her, “You’d bet­ter come up here, some­body just robbed you!”

Around 11 a.m., a heavy-set man wear­ing a ski mask ran into the of­fices of the Summerside Mo­tel & Cot­tages and de­manded cash from the clerk, who opened the till.

Mean­while, a guest at the mo­tel had wit­nessed the man en­ter the build­ing and went to check out the sit­u­a­tion. When he saw what was hap­pen­ing, the pa­tron tack­led the rob­ber, they scuf­fled, but the masked man es­caped and ran.

The guest and a house­keeper chased the sus­pect for a while, but they lost him. In the mean­time, another guest had called Summerside Po­lice of­fi­cers, who started a search of the area.

Po­lice later stated that a sec­ond mo­tel, on Wa­ter Street, had been robbed at 4:50 a.m. the same day. They did not spec­ify which es­tab­lish­ment and there are sev­eral on Wa­ter Street.

The own­ers of the sec­ond mo­tel were awak­ened by a lone male ring­ing their door­bell. Once he was let into the of­fice area, he de­manded money and fled with a small amount of cash.

The sus­pect in this in­ci­dent was not wear­ing a mask. Po­lice are not say­ing whether they sus­pect the two mo­tel rob­beries are re­lated.

No one was in­jured and no weapon was used in ei­ther in­ci­dent.

Holmes said she and her hus­band have owned the Summerside mo­tel for 17 years, ever since they moved here from Ot­tawa, but have never had an in­ci­dent like this.

“I’ve al­ways felt safe here …but this kind of shakes up that men­tal­ity a lit­tle bit,” said Holmes.

“Crimes hap­pen but you al­ways think they hap­pen to some­body else.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to any of these in­ci­dents is asked to con­tact Summerside Po­lice at 902-432-1201 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/TC MEDIA

A Summerside Po­lice of­fi­cer ex­its the Summerside Mo­tel & Cot­tages in Summerside. Some­one in a black mask robbed the es­tab­lish­ment Thurs­day morn­ing. It was one of two mo­tels tar­geted by thieves on Thurs­day.

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