Man charged with robbery in axe attack outside Moncton bank

A man has been charged with robbery in connection with an axe attack outside of a Moncton bank on Monday morning.

Justin Comeau accused of robbing CIBC customer who was making a deposit

A man has been charged with robbery in connection with an axe attack outside of a Moncton bank on Monday morning.

Justin Comeau, 26, appeared in Moncton provincial court on Tuesday afternoon to face the charge of committing robbery by using personal violence.

He has not yet entered a plea.

The Crown objected to his release and a bail hearing has been set for Friday at 9:30 a.m.

The charge stems from a Monday morning incident at the CIBC branch at the corner of Mountain Road and Walsh Street.

Const. Damien Thériault said the RCMP received a call about an armed robbery at 655 Mountain Rd. at about 11:40 a.m.

"A man was making a deposit outside the branch when he was assaulted by a suspect who was armed with an axe. The suspect fled with the deposit bag,” he said.

The man did not get very far, however.

Thériault said the suspect was trying to leave the scene when he was quickly tackled by a witness.

As the two individuals struggled, another witness came to help and they were able to get the deposit bag back from the robbery suspect.

Thériault said the suspect and an accomplice drove away in a vehicle.           

"The witnesses that were at the location were able to give us a very good description of both suspects as well as their vehicle,” he said.

“That allowed us to locate the vehicle very quickly behind a residence on Cedar Street in Moncton."

A 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were taken into custody outside the residence without incident on Monday.

The woman was later released without charges.

Thériault says the victim received non-life threatening injuries during the incident.

The police are continuing the investigation.