Kelowna cops collar suspected armed robber with thing for Subway

KELOWNA - Police managed to collar a man who robbed two Subway sandwich shops and attempted to rob a third in the city yesterday.

Police eventually caught up to the 29-year-old suspect but not before he escaped custody once, briefly led police on a chase and later tried to evade police again on foot, according to a release by Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Joe Duncan.

It started around 1:35 p.m. when a man brandished a weapon and stole cash before fleeing the Subway in the 1600 block of Leckie Road. Less than an hour later, a man matching the description of the man in the first robbery did the same thing at the Subway in the 500 block of Harvey Avenue. A little more than hour later, he was spotted at a Subway in the 2600 block of Highway 97 North but police were there when he exited the building.

After a brief struggle, the man escaped on foot, got into a vehicle and fled. A few minutes later, at 3:45 p.m. the vehicle was spotted but the pursuit was called off for safety reasons when the vehicle didn't stop, Duncan said.

About an hour later, police spotted the vehicle again.

"This time the vehicle pulled over," Duncan said. "The man exited and hid in some bushes nearby. The man was located and arrested without incident with the assistance of a police service dog."

The man faces numerous charges including two counts of robbery and possibly attempted robbery.

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