Police credit the quick actions of a witness and a responding officer in the arrest of an armed male who was about to rob a convenience store.
On Monday, June 20, 2016, at approximately 5 p.m., officers from Central East Division responded to the area of Simcoe Street South and Albany Street in Oshawa for an armed person call. A witness had spotted two male suspects in a parking lot acting suspiciously. One male put on a hoodie and gloves and tucked a handgun into his pants. The witness called 911 and an officer quickly arrived to find the two suspects beside a convenience store. The armed male tried to run from the officer, but he was tackled a short distance away. A replica handgun was recovered. The second suspect fled the area on foot.
Investigators with the Robbery Unit determined that the males were about to commit an armed robbery at a nearby convenience store.
Ronald HAWKINS, age 31, of Oshawa, is charged with: Attempted Robbery; Disguise with Intent; Possession of a Weapon to Commit an Offence; and Possess a Weapon Contrary to a Court Order. He was held for a bail hearing.
The investigation continues in relation to the second suspect.
Anyone with new information is asked to contact D/Cst. Baggio of the Major Crime Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5366.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.