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Ottawa police now charging seven in west end cell phone robberies

All of the accused are facing multiple robbery offences.
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters on Elgin Street. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

Seven suspects, including five youths, are scheduled to appear in court, facing charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit an offence.

A report Monday said just six would be charged, and had yet to name the charges against them.

Ottawa police officers responded to a call about a cell phone robbery on November 11. 

Following a traffic stop by the officers, seven suspects were arrested. 

Police say this robbery was one in a series of robberies in the west end of the city last weekend. 

The suspects posed as potential purchasers of cell phones, using online classified ads.  Once the suspects met with the sellers, they would take the phone on the premise of examining it, and then take off with the phone. 

Jeff Colas, 18, of Ottawa has been charged with:

- Robbery (2 counts)
- Conspiracy to commit an offence (2 counts)

Gilo Akwai-Cham, 21, of Ottawa has been charged with:

- Robbery
- Conspiracy to commit an offence

Both are scheduled to appear in court on December 17, 2018.

A 17-year-old boy, from Ottawa, has been charged with:

- Robbery (2 counts)
- Conspiracy to commit an offence (2 counts)

A second 17-year-old boy, from Ottawa, has been charged with:

- Robbery (2 counts)
- Conspiracy to commit an offence (2 counts)

A third 17-year-old boy, from Ottawa, has been charged with:

- Robbery (2 counts)
- Conspiracy to commit an offence (2 counts)

A fourth 17-year-old boy, from Ottawa, has been charged with:

- Robbery
- Conspiracy to commit an offence
- Assault

A 16-year-old boy, from Ottawa, has been charged with:

- Robbery
- Conspiracy to commit an offence

All five youths are scheduled to appear in court on December 18, 2018.

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