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14-year-old boy charged with three armed robberies in Niagara Falls

Police say a youth suspect brandished a knife, threatened store employees in Niagara Falls
2021-04-05 Niagara Regional Police cruiser
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Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with three armed robberies in Niagara Falls.

Between Nov. 19 and 20, police say a knife-wielding suspect entered three businesses — a cannabis store, a vape story, and a variety store — and threatened to injure employees.

On Wednesday night, police charged a 14-year-old boy in connection with all three incidents. His identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Below is the full press release from police.

Between 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2022 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2022, 2 District – Niagara Falls uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to three robberies in the City of Niagara Falls.

[It is alleged that] the same suspect had entered a Niagara Falls cannabis store, vape store, and a variety store while brandishing a knife and threatening to injure store employees. The suspect stole approximately $200 of merchandise. No employees were physically injured.

2 District detectives were assigned to the investigations. Detectives were able to identify a suspect. On Nov. 23, 2022 at approximately 10:10 p.m., the suspect was arrested in Niagara Falls.

A 14-year-old male from Niagara Falls has been arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
    •    Robbery (three counts)
    •    Fail to comply with a release order

The male was held in custody for a video bail hearing to the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on Nov. 24, 2022.

The NRPS is prohibited from identifying the youth under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act of Canada.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, ext. 1022200.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.