Ottawa man charged in connection to a series of city bank robberies in past month

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has laid charges in relation to a series of recent bank robberies.

The Robbery Unit has been investigating a number of bank robberies that occurred over the last several weeks:

*       Sept. 7, at 11:50 a.m. near the 1600 block of Heron Road

*       Sept. 13, at 12:35 p.m. between the 0 and 100 block of Main Street

*       Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m. on the 3700 block of Strandherd Drive

In each case, a lone male suspect entered the bank, disguised, and jumped into the employee area, behind the counter.  In each case the suspect fled with undisclosed amounts of money.  No weapon was seen in each case and there were no injuries.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Oct. 3., the suspect entered a bank situated along the 700 block of March Road.  The suspect jumped over the counter and demanded cash.  The suspect fled with an undisclosed quantity of cash.  No weapon was seen and there were no injuries.

A short time later, a frontline officer observed a vehicle travelling eastbound on Hwy. 417 and followed the vehicle off the highway. When an attempt was made to stop the vehicle, the vehicle fled.  By this point, the officer had already identified the driver and did not engage in a pursuit. The vehicle was, however, abandoned near the end of Churchill Ave, near Hwy. 417.

A containment operation commenced, and the suspect was located in a nearby parking garage by front line and canine officers.

The suspect was treated for a minor dog bite injury at a hospital and then released.

Yassin Khadr, 38, of Ottawa, is charged with the following offences in relation to the four robberies: twelve counts of robbery, four counts of wearing a disguise, five counts of breach of recognizance, and failure to stop for police.

He had a court appearance today.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery, or any other robbery, is asked to call the Ottawa Police’s Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116.  Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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