Kelowna Subway restaurant robber caught

Three of the popular sandwich shops in Kelowna were held up before Kelowna RCMP caught up with 29-year-old suspect.

  • Dec. 28, 2015 12:00 p.m.

A 29-year-old male suspect wanted more than a sub sandwich when he visited three Subway locations in Kelowna last week.

On Dec. 23, the suspect strolled into the Subway in the 1600-block of Leckie Road at 1:35 p.m., brandished a weapon and demanded cash, stealing an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the restaurant.

At 2:22 p.m., a suspect matching the description of the first robbery entered the Subway in the 500-block of Harvey Avenue, again produced a weapon and demanded cash, and then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

At 3:40 p.m., yet another Subway was held up with the suspect matching the description of the perpetrator behind the earlier two robberies, this one located in the 3600-block of Highway 97 North.

This time, when the suspect left the restaurant, he was confronted by police. A short struggle occurred before the suspect broke free from the police officer, took off on foot, eventually getting into a vehicle and driving away.

Ten minutes later, Kelowna RCMP located the vehicle matching the description from the incident on Highway 97 North traveling on Rutland Road. The suspect ignored the flashing lights and siren of the pursuing police cars, and police called off extending the chase due to public safety concerns.

About one hour later, police again located the vehicle and their robbery suspect. This time when confronted by pursuing police, the suspect ditched the car and ran into the nearby bushes, only to be tracked down and arrested with the aid of a police dog.

The suspect is being held in custody and is facing numerous charges.

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