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Woman facing more charges after restaurant robbery on Montreal Road

The accused was chased down by a staff member before police arrived and made the arrest.
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Ottawa Police Service vehicle, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

A woman, previously charged in connection with pharmacy and gas station robberies, is now facing additional charges after a robbery at a restaurant on Montreal Road near Vanier Parkway.

Ottawa police say the suspect walked into the establishment around 10 a.m., Sunday.  

A woman sat down close to the cash register and when an opportunity presented itself, she grabbed money from the register and ran.  

Police say she was chased by a staff member, apprehended and brought back to the restaurant to wait for police officers. 

While waiting inside, the woman allegedly was able to arm herself with a screw driver and tried to assault a staff member. 

No injuries were reported. 

Amalia Assad-Espinoza, 28, of Ottawa, is charged with:

- Robbery
- Assault with a weapon (2 counts)
- Assault
- Possession of a weapon dangerous
- Breach of recognizance 

Assad-Espinoza will be in show cause court Monday. 

On Friday, January 15, Assad-Espinoza was charged in relation to pharmacy and gas station robberies in Vanier.

She appeared in court on January 16, facing charges of:

- Robbery (5 counts)
- Disguise with intent (3 counts)          
- Weapons dangerous (3 counts)

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