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Arrests made in daytime gun-point robbery after King Edward police chase

A crash and police chase snarled traffic for hours from the ByWard Market area to the University of Ottawa's campus, Thursday.
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Ottawa Police Service vehicle, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

Two Ottawa men are facing several charges after a gun-point robbery on in the Rideau Street and King Edward Avenue area.

The Ottawa Police Service said a 22-year-old man was confronted by a man with a gun around 4:15 p.m. Thursday. The suspect demanded the victim's money and a pair of newly purchased shoes and then fled in a Dodge Charger.

The victim flagged down a passing patrol officer, who saw the Charger speeding south on King Edward Avenue.  

The patrol officer attempted to catch up to the fleeing vehicle but as it turned down Greenfield Avenue, it collided with two vehicles. Two suspects got out of the vehicle and ran. Fortunately, no one was injured in the collision.

After a short foot pursuit, officers were able to apprehend the driver of the Charger. The passenger was also located nearby with help from the police's K9 unit.

Officers at the scene of the crash seized a loaded 9 mm handgun, along with the cash and shoes stolen earlier.

The Ottawa Police Robbery Unit has charged Antonio Assaf, 21, of Ottawa with:

- Robbery with Firearm
- Conspiracy to Commit
- Possession of a Firearm without licence
- Possession of firearm / Unauthorized
- Possess a firearm in a motor vehicle
- Possess a loaded restricted firearm
- Careless use of a firearm
- Possession weapons dangerous
- Possession restricted weapon
- Failure to stop at accident
- Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle
- Pointing a firearm
- Flight while pursued by police

Meanwhile, Mckenny Perrin, 26, of Ottawa is being charged with:

- Robbery with Firearm
- Conspiracy to Commit
- Possession of a Firearm without license
- Possession of firearm / Unauthorized
- Possess a firearm in a motor vehicle
- Possess a loaded restricted firearm
- Careless use of a firearm
- Possession weapons dangerous
- Possession restricted weapon
- Obstructing police

Both are in custody and are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police Service 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.

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