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Charges laid after woman physically accosted at St. Laurent Boulevard bus stop

Police say the suspect put a woman in a bear hug and tried to rob her, and then tried the same thing with a different victim later in the day.
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Ottawa Police Service vehicle, February 28, 2018. Mike Vlasveld/ CityNews

A 23-year-old Ottawa man is facing a handful of charges after police say a woman was grabbed from behind at a bus stop near the St. Laurent Shopping Centre.

Officers responded to a personal robbery call on Saturday, January 9, on St. Laurent Boulevard. 

They say a woman was waiting for a bus around 6:15 a.m., when a man grabbed her and held her in a bear hug. Police explain that the suspect tried to take the woman’s purse but was unsuccessful. He then twisted the woman’s arm, stole her cell phone and fled the area. 

OC Transpo Special Constables responded to a disturbance at the same location, around 3:40 p.m. that same day, involving the same suspect. 

They arrested the suspect without incident and responding officers continued the arrest. 

Christopher Verdon is being charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Breach of a Release Order (two counts)
  • Breach of Probation (three counts)

He was scheduled to appear in court on Sunday. 

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