August 14, 2022

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Robbery suspect arrested after wild chase

A 48-year-old man who fled Friday afternoon after grabbing a kitty and trying to set fire to an apartment at a Drummond convenience store was arrested.

A man armed with a blunt object threatened employees and customers at a convenience store in Drummondville around 2 p.m. Friday to extort money from the cash register. The 48-year-old man allegedly continued to threaten passers-by as he fled the consignment shop with his loot.

Contacted by police officers from MRC Saint-Damase, the suspect allegedly locked himself in an apartment on 14th Street and set himself on fire. Firefighters immediately rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control. Residents of the area were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Once restrained by the police, the man was taken to a hospital center where he had to undergo a psychological examination.

“The suspect faces charges of robbery in a business and on a person, assault on a police officer with a weapon, arson, mischief and breach of condition,” noted Nicolas Scholtes of the door station of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). )

The perimeter wall was then removed and the residents of the area returned to their residences.

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