Arrests made in Torbay bank robbery

Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a bank robbery in Torbay Friday afternoon.

Man also linked to recent armed robbery in St. John's

Police are at the scene of a bank robbery which happened on Friday afternoon in Torbay. (Robyn Miller/CBC )

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a bank holdup in Torbay Friday afternoon.

What's more, the RNC believes the same man is responsible for another afternoon bank robbery that occurred in St. John's on April 29th. That holdup occurred at a Bank of Montreal branch on Elizabeth Avenue.

Friday's robbery occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. Police got a call from someone inside the bank who reported that a man, armed with a knife, had entered the Royal Bank branch and demanded money.

The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witness was using ATM

Robin Vaters of Pouch Cove was using the ATM machine in the front porch of the bank when he saw a man carrying a large knife go inside and yell at the employees. 

Vaters said a short time later the man ran out of the building, leapt over a guardrail, and ran down a hill. He said a few seconds later he saw a silver car speed away from the area. 

Vaters estimated the entire incident took place in about 90 seconds.

"All hands in there were gone mad, then," he said. "Wish I would have had a rock or something ... would have been able to slow him down."

No one was injured in the incident.

Police say a 20-year-old man faces charges of armed robbery, disguise with intent, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He faces the same charges in connection with the armed robbery on Elizabeth Avenue.

A 19-year-old woman has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Police say both suspects were arrested without incident and held in custody pending a court appearance Saturday morning.