Man arrested after standoff with Fredericton police

Two men were arrested at the Howard Johnson Hotel on Prospect Street last week, following a standoff. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

One of the accused in an armed robbery at a Fredericton drug store last week could not make his court appearance on Monday because he had evidence inside him.

Tyson Paul Colford, 26, of Moncton, was scheduled to face a charge of robbery while armed with an offensive weapon in connection with the Feb. 25 incident at Pharmasave on Prospect Street.

But the Crown prosecutor told the Fredericton provincial court there were safety concerns for Colford, so he could not be transported to the court.

There is "contraband inside his person, which will be considered evidence, and officials are waiting for it to pass", the Crown said.

Colford spoke to Judge Mary Jane Richards on the phone and is expected to be in court Tuesday afternoon for a bail hearing.

Meanwhile, his co-accused Kyle Alexander Cameron, 24, of Saint John, elected to be tried by the provincial court judge.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery while armed with an offensive weapon and disguise with intent for allegedly being masked and will return to court on March 11 to set a trial date.

On Feb. 25, just before 11 am, a man armed with a knife threatened two staff members at Pharmasave and demanded prescription drugs, officials have said.

The suspect fled in a black SUV with undisclosed items and no one was injured.

Two suspects were subsequently located at the nearby Howard Johnson Hotel on Prospect Street, just a few blocks away.

They barricaded themselves inside a hotel room, resulting in a three-hour standoff.

The emergency response team and crisis negotiators were called in.

The suspects eventually surrendered without incident and were arrested at about 3:15 p.m.