A 29-year-old man is facing 43 charges in a series of violent robberies in north and downtown Edmonton.

"It's a level of violence that I haven't seen for quite a number of years," said Det. Ron Gamble from the robbery section.


Det. Ron Gamble speaks to reporters about the arrest of a man who police believe is responsible for a series of violent robberies. (Janice Johnston/CBC News)

Police said a man wearing a disguise entered a north side liquor store with a sawed-off shotgun at 1 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The suspect fired the gun before fleeing with money and liquor.

The following weekend, a man matching the same description robbed two liquor stores, a cab driver and a pedestrian on a late-night walk within a seven-hour period.

"The person used the shotgun and struck individuals with the butt end of the shotgun several times," Gamble said. "And the violence didn't stop after the initial attack. It continued for several minutes in some of these businesses."

The accused was arrested shortly after the last attack, which occurred downtown.  

"[The victim] was able to actually flag down a passing police car who was dealing with one of the other earlier robberies," Gamble said.

"So that officer was aware of what was going on and basically flooded the area with officers and the canine unit."

The charges faced by the accused include assault with a firearm and seven counts of robbery.