Kamalpreet Brar arrested following a string of commercial robberies in Ottawa

OTTAWA Police announced on Thursday that they have arrested Kamalpreet Brar, 34, of Ottawa in connection to commercial robberies.

The Ottawa Police Robbery Unit had been investigating a string of commercial robberies since mid-December involving the same male suspect who was captured on video. The male suspect would enter the commercial establishment, produce a knife and demand money. No injuries were reported.

On Tuesday, December 25, at approximately 10:20 a.m., the male suspect entered a commercial establishment carrying a knife and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of money was provided to him and he then fled the store heading on Poulin Avenue. A member of the public who entered the store and saw what occurred, followed the suspect, and engaged him in a confrontation that ended in a citizen’s arrest, without incident.

Frontline officers soon responded to a call from the clerk and completed the arrest.

Brar is charged with five counts each of armed robbery, possession of a weapon, and wear a disguise.

He was also charged in relation to four other robberies:

* Tuesday, December 18 at 1:24 p.m., in the 500-block of Hazeldean Road.
* Friday, December 21 at 6:20 a.m., in the 700-block of Baseline Road.
* Sunday, December 23 at 2 p.m., in the 300-block of Viewmount Drive.
* Sunday, December 23 at 7 p.m., in the 800-block of Meadowlands Drive.
The Ottawa Police thanked the member of the public who assisted police during the incident.