Hotel robber arrested
Summerside police lay robbery charges against 32-year-old Linkletter man
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.