Armed robbery suspect arrested in Bedford area following manhunt
Two men are in custody after a short, but intense manhunt Tuesday morning that saw some areas of Bedford cordoned off by police as they searched for two armed robbery suspects.
For one of the suspects, the incident ended in a deep ditch off an exit on Highway 102.
After arresting the driver, the ramp was off-limits to everyone but police as they fished the heavily damaged vehicle out of the thick brush.
It was one of the final chapters in an unusual saga that began just before in different subdivision.
Police were called to a casino on the Hammonds Plains Road after two men allegedly pointed a firearm at an employee in the parking lot and made off with sum of money.
The vehicle description immediately went out and it wasn't long before it was spotted.
“It was driving erratically at a high rate of speed, and certainly came to a lot of people's attention,” said Cpl. Andrew Joyce of the Nova Scotia RCMP.
A short time later, police closed in on a quiet, established neighbourhood in Bedford Hills as they searched for the second suspect, who they said may be armed.
Residents were told to stay indoors.
Pramilla Pereira got the message from a neighbour.
“She said, ‘lock up,’ so I was oblivious to what was going on until she told me about it,” Pereira said. “I locked up and checked the whole house to see if he’d snuck inside my house.”
The second suspect was arrested a short time later, thanks in part to the canine unit that sniffed him out while he was hiding in a backyard.
"Thank God that no one was hurt and things ended in a peaceful manner with the suspect being apprehended and everyone's safe,” said contractor Mike Mansfield.
There is no word on possible charges at this time.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Bruce Frisko.