Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help to find a man suspected of robbing four banks in the span of eight days this month.
They said from Jan. 2-9, a lone male armed with a handgun made a verbal demand for money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, injuring nobody at any of the four central Ottawa locations.
The incidents happened in the 1400 block of Prince of Wales Drive on Jan. 2 around 5:05 p.m., the 1100 block of Bank Street on Jan. 3 around 5:45 p.m., the 1500 block of Bank Street on Jan. 6 around 2:30 p.m. and the 700 block of Ridgewood Avenue around 3:45 p.m.
On Jan. 3, police said the suspect’s coat was recovered along Rideau River Drive shortly after the robbery.
On Jan. 9, police said the suspect was last seen jumping a fence next to a housing complex near Ridgewood Avenue and Springland Drive just as a dye-pack exploded, potentially covering him and his clothing in red dye.
Police said the suspect likely had a vehicle waiting after the last two robberies, as he was seen running into the parking lot of the Blue Heron Mall on Jan. 6.
The suspect is described as a black man who possibly had freckles or similar marks under his eyes, five feet eight to five feet ten inches tall with a slim build.
Police said he’s described as speaking English with no accent and having an athletic build.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa police’s robbery unit at 613-236-1222 extension 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.