Thunder Bay

Spike strip helps Thunder Bay, Ont., police nab suspect in three robberies

A 38-year-old Thunder Bay man is facing charges after allegedly robbing three Thunder Bay businesses and fleeing from police before being stopped by a spike belt on Tuesday.
Thunder Bay police deployed a spike strip to stop a man suspected in robberies at three businesses on Tuesday. (Christina Jung / CBC)

A 38-year-old Thunder Bay man is facing charges after allegedly robbing three Thunder Bay businesses and fleeing from police before being stopped by a spike belt on Tuesday.

Police were called to the Circle K on May Street at about 9:45 a.m. following reports of a robbery that had just occurred.

While on the way to the scene, police spotted a vehicle leaving the store. The vehicle, and person driving it, matched descriptions of the suspect.

Police attempted a traffic stop, but the driver fled. Officers discontinued their pursuit out of safety concerns, but the vehicle was spotted by police a short time later in Oliver Paipoonge.

Again, officers tried to pull the vehicle over, and again the suspect fled.

Spike strip deployed

Police then deployed a spike strip to stop the vehicle. It was successful, but the suspect continued to attempt to flee from police.

Damage to the tires forced the vehicle to stop in the area of Taylor Drive and Rosslyn Road.

The suspect was arrested, and he was taken to police headquarters where further evaluation determined he was impaired by drugs.

The accused is facing a number of charges, including impaired driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and robbery.

Police said the suspect is also believed to be responsible for two other robberies, one at an Esso station, the other at Santorelli's Truck Stop, that occurred earlier Tuesday morning.