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York police arrest robbery suspect after restaurant owner rams getaway car

Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a restaurant robbery in Markham, Ont. on the weekend after the owner of an all-day breakfast eatery rammed the getaway car.

1 suspect in Markham, Ont. robbery still at large, police say

York Regional Police have arrested one man and are looking for another after this all-day breakfast restaurant in Markham, Ont. was robbed on the weekend. The restaurant owner followed the suspects in his vehicle and rammed the getaway car. (CBC)

Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a restaurant robbery in Markham, Ont. on the weekend after the owner of the all-day breakfast eatery rammed the getaway car.

The accused, 49, is one of two suspects in the robbery of the Yong He restaurant, 7077 Kennedy Road, north of Steeles Avenue East.

York Regional Police say they were called to the establishment at about 2 a.m. on Sunday. One robbery suspect, also a man, is still at large.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found out that two men had entered the restaurant, one armed with a firearm. The pair took cash from the register, then fled south on Kennedy Road in a silver Acura four-door sedan.

Following close behind, the restaurant owner chased the suspects in his own vehicle and collided with their vehicle. The two suspects fled on foot in different directions.

Officers set up a perimeter and police dogs tracked and found one man who had barricaded himself inside a portable washroom. 

He was removed from the washroom and arrested. No details on charges were released.

Increasing number of robberies

Coun. Godwin Chan, who represents Ward 6 in neighbouring Richmond Hill, says business owners in the area are concerned about an increasing number of robberies.

However, he says he has been assured by police that they are handling the situation.

"Anytime there seems to be incidents of robberies at restaurants or anywhere else, obviously people in the community are very concerned," Chan told CBC Toronto.

"I know the York Regional Police are working hard. The police superintendent certainly gave us assurances that the police are on top of it with more patrols and making themselves more visible."

Ward 6 Coun. Godwin Chan says business owners in the area are concerned about an increasing number of robberies. (CBC)

Toronto police say they are investigating several robberies of Chinese owned or operated businesses, mostly restaurants, located in the north end of 42 Division, that have occurred in the past two weeks. The division is in northeast Scarborough.

Police are looking into whether the robberies in Toronto are linked to the one in York Region.

Anyone with information about the Markham robbery is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Clarifications

  • A previous version of this story identified Godwin Chan as Ward 6 councillor in Markham. He in fact represents Ward 6 in Richmond Hill.
    Jan 22, 2019 2:40 PM ET