Suspects sought in robbery of marijuana dispensary


(press release)

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating the recent robbery of a marijuana dispensary and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects responsible.


On September 6, 2016, at approximately 11:35 pm, staff at a medical marijuana dispensary, situated along the 300 block of Rideau Street, was in the process of closing. A female employee was rushed by two male suspects, pushed to the ground and assaulted. The suspects demanded money and drugs.  The employee was confined in a room by one suspect as the other suspect searched the premises and took products off shelves to place in a duffle bag that was brought by the suspects. One suspect indicated he had a firearm though none was seen. The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed quantity of various marijuana products. The employee suffered a minor injury. She was assessed at the scene but did not seek further medical attention. The suspects were observed by witnesses running north on Nelson St.


The suspects are described as follows:

#1-Black male, 18-20, approximately 6ft(183 cm), medium build, wearing a black hoodie and a red bandana over his face.



#2-Black male, 18-20, approximately 6ft(183 cm), medium build, wearing a grey sweater, and grey pants.  The suspect carried a red Goodlife duffle bag.



Insp. Mike Laviolette, who oversees Criminal Investigations at Central Division, indicated that “The Ottawa Police are aware of medical marijuana dispensaries that have opened in Ottawa and investigations are ongoing.” Insp. Laviolette added that “Ottawa Police are having discussions with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada”.


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.

OttawaStart Staff


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