A Niagara-on-the-Lake man has been charged in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a St. Catharines car rental business and an attempted holdup at a Wainfleet convenience store.
Christian Adam Edmunds, 28, was arrested at a home on Cole Crescent after a man was seen driving near Taylor Road and Glendale Avenue at 1:25 a.m. on Oct. 31.
Police said the man had entered a Cole Crescent home and was taken into custody after a three-hour standoff with officers.
A Niagara Regional Police crisis negotiator was able to convince the suspect to surrender just after 4 a.m.
Investigators allege that shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, a man entered Enterprise Rent-a-Car on Lake Street, near Scott Street, armed with a black handgun.
He demanded the store employee give him keys to a rental vehicle and when that didn’t happen the man fled on foot.
In their investigation, police also identified Edmunds as a suspect in an attempted robbery at a Wainfleet convenience store.
In that incident on Oct. 20, police were called to the store shortly after 3 a.m. and were told by an employee that a man brandished a handgun, demanding money and cigarettes.
The suspect then fired a single shot into the ceiling of the store and fled.
No one was injured in either incident.
Edmunds faces numerous charges, including two counts each of robbery using a restricted firearm, disguise with intent, possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, pointing a firearm, one count of possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition and nine charges of possession of a firearm, weapon or ammunition contrary to a probation order.
He attended a video bail hearing in St. Catharines on Oct. 31 where he was ordered held in custody.