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Ottawa man arrested, linked to eight armed robberies across the city

An officer walking in on a robbery on Carling Avenue ended up being a big break in the investigation, according to the Ottawa Police Service.  
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Ottawa Police Service cruiser. Mike Vlasveld/ CityNews

A 38-year-old Ottawa man is facing 25 charges after eight armed robberies in various areas of the city.

Police invited the public to submit tips regarding a robbery suspect back on June 15, after five incidents had taken place at locations between Tenth Line Road in Orléans and Hazeldean Road in Kanata.

Investigators say, as of July 21, there have been eight separate robberies which they believe were completed by the same person. 

A major development in the investigation happened on July 15, when an officer on patrol walked into a fast food restaurant on Carling Avenue in the Carlington-Westboro area where a robbery was in progress.

The officer and suspect got into a physical altercation, and the suspect fled the area. 

Due to this incident, however, investigators were able to collect important information and evidence which led to the suspect’s arrest in the Bayshore area the following day.

Matthew Border has been charged with:

  • Robbery offensive weapon (eight counts)
  • Possession of a weapon for committing an offence (eight counts)
  • Having a face mask/disguised (seven counts)
  • Escape lawful custody of a peace officer
  • Obstruct/Resist peace officer

He remains in police custody.

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