P.E.I. robbery suspect facing multiple charges in 2 courts

A robbery suspect picked up Wednesday night was in court Thursday morning in Summerside and Thursday afternoon in Charlottetown.

Michael Hollinger charged with 2 robberies, stealing car, unlawful confinement

Michael Hollinger is escorted by an RCMP officer after his court appearance in Summerside Thursday morning. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

A Charlottetown man has been charged with two robberies and several other charges by multiple Island police agencies.

Michael William Hollinger, 26, appeared in court Thursday morning in Summerside and Thursday afternoon in Charlottetown.

He was arrested late Wednesday afternoon in Kensington on multiple charges. RCMP said Charlottetown, Kensington and Summerside police as well as Queens and East Prince RCMP, and an RCMP dog team were all involved in arresting Hollinger and no one was injured during the arrest.

Late Thursday afternoon, Hollinger was charged in provincial court in Charlottetown with armed robbery, for stealing from a woman using an ATM in Charlottetown on June 9.

Police allege he was armed with a knife and masking his face at the time. He's also charged with unlawfully confining the woman and stealing her car the same day.

He's also charged with robbing the North River Quick Mart in Cornwall Tuesday afternoon.

Shirley Wu and her husband Leo Gu say they're taking comfort from community support after their store was robbed Tuesday. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

The owners of that store, Shirley Wu and her husband Leo Gu, say they were alone in their store at the time of the robbery.

Wu, who is originally from China, said she didn't understand what the robber meant when he told her to open the cash register. She said he grabbed a few packages of cigarettes and left in a hurry.

Surveillance video shows North River Quick Mart owner Shirley Wu trying to stop a man she said robbed her store. (Submitted by Shirley Wu)

She chased after him, but was unable to stop him. The incident was captured on the store's surveillance camera.

Customers heard about the robbery and were dropping into the store Thursday to check on the couple and give them flowers and hugs. "I was afraid to death they might have got hurt," said Wanda MacFadyen. "Everybody loves Leo and Shirley around here."

RCMP said no one was injured during the robbery at the North River Quick Mart in Cornwall on Tuesday. (Google maps)

During his Thursday morning court appearance in Summerside, Hollinger was charged by RCMP with possession of stolen property — a 2006 Dodge Caravan — in Indian River on June 12.

He's also charged with stealing gasoline from the Irving gas station in New Annan on Feb. 6.

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With files from Brian Higgins