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Ottawa police lay charges against Hazeldean Mall robbery suspect

Ottawa police have charged a man who allegedly walked into a jewelry store in the Hazeldean Mall, smashed a display case with a hammer and threatened to kill a witness.

At one point during the robbery, police say, the man revealed a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

The man then fled to a waiting vehicle with another person behind the wheel and drove off.

Police say the getaway car was later dumped on Abbeyhill Road in Kanata. The two suspects then got into another vehicle at that spot and fled.

Police say the vehicle the two suspects dumped on Abbeyhill Road was stolen in Montreal on July 23. Investigators found evidence in that vehicle that police say linked the suspects to a July 27 break-and-enter on Mansfield Road near Richmond.

Police in Repentigny, Que., stopped the second vehicle for a traffic infraction on July 31. They arrested the passenger on a parole warrant, but did not arrest the driver.

William Hughes, 38, of Ottawa is charged with robbery with a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and one count of uttering threats. He is in custody and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 22.

Police have also issued an arrest warrant for Robert Webb, 44. He faces the same charges as Hughes, as well as two counts of breach of probation. He is described as 6’2” and 240 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He has tattoos of a snake and the initials “BG” on his neck, a tear under his left eye and a spider web on his right elbow.

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