Ho­tel rob­ber ar­rested

Summerside po­lice lay rob­bery charges against 32-year-old Lin­klet­ter man

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - NEWS - BY WAYNE THI­BODEAU

Charges are pend­ing against a 32-year-old Lin­klet­ter man fol­low­ing two rob­beries at Summerside mo­tels on Thurs­day.

Late Fri­day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors from Summerside Po­lice Ser­vices said the man will be charged with one count of rob­bery at the Mul­berry Mo­tel, which oc­curred on Thurs­day at about 4:50 a.m. He will also be charged with one count of rob­bery and one count of wear­ing a dis­guise while com­mit­ting an of­fence for another rob­bery which oc­curred at the Summerside Mo­tel six hours later.

The man, whose name has not been re­leased by po­lice, re­mained in cus­tody Fri­day night. He was sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore the court on Satur­day morn­ing for a show cause hear­ing.

Jan­ice Holmes was fold­ing laun­dry in the base­ment of the 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.”

A man had de­manded cash from the clerk, who opened the till.

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.

Holmes said she and her hus­band have owned the mo­tel for 17 years and never had an in­ci­dent like this hap­pen be­fore.

“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.

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