Two men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the TD Bank on Kelsey Drive in St. Johns shortly before 8 p.m. last night.
Firearm discharged during armed robbery at St. Johns bank
The bandits fled in a pickup truck that ran off the road on O’Leary Avenue in slippery snow covered conditions.
Two witnesses who spoke to The Telegram, Craig Clancey and Philip Sullivan, saw part of the incident unfold on Pippy Place. They said they saw multiple police officers and the K-9 unit searching the area, on foot and in police cruisers, and they at one point spotted one of the suspects running across the road. They added that the man was carrying a large rifle or shotgun and was dressed in dark clothing.
33-year-old Travis Wade of St John’ was quickly apprehended, the second man, 31-year-old Adam Hayden of Conception Harbour, fled on foot and apparently tried to hijack a car at gunpoint. The driver of that car turned out to be an off-duty RCMP Officer who physically subdued the suspect. The officer and his passenger were not injured and the RNC took Hayden into custody.
Wade is charged with armed robbery, forcible confinement, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, disguise with intent and assualt with a weapon. Hayden was charged with armed robbery, disguise with intent, intentionally discharging a firearm and multiple other firearms related charges.
Police say a man suspected of robbing a St. John's bank picked the wrong vehicle to carjack Friday night.
Wade has a lengthy history of armed robbery and assault, among other convictions. Among the convictions is an armed robbery of an Ultramar gas station in Conception Bay South in 2010. He slammed a hammer on the counter and demanded money and cigarettes, making off with $199 and 25 packages of cigarettes.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said two men are facing multiple charges after an armed robbery of a TD Canada Trust bank on Kelsey Drive.
Hayden was previously convicted for his role in a hostage taking at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in 2013, in which he and other inmates took an inmate hostage in exchange for cigarettes. In 2015, Hayden was charged with break and enter and attempted robbery in a Springdale Street home invasion.
The RNC said a firearm was discharged around 7:45 p.m. Friday at the bank. A statement from the police Saturday afternoon said two men fled in a pickup truck, which then went off the road on snow-covered O'Leary Avenue.
An off-duty RCMP officer subdued one of two bank robbery suspects Friday night when the man, 31-year-old Adam Hayden, allegedly tried to carjack his vehicle on Kenmount Road according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). A responding RNC officer then took Hayden into custody.
Police said one man was apprehended immediately while the other fled on foot and tried to take control — at gunpoint — of a vehicle stopped in nearby traffic.
Wade is charged with: armed robbery, forcible confinement, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, disguise with intent, assault with a weapon (court documents indicate the weapon allegedly used was a knife), and failing to comply with court orders.
The RNC said the driver of that vehicle was an off-duty RCMP officer who "physically subdued the suspect." Neither the RCMP officer nor his passenger were injured, police said, and an RNC patrol officer arrived to take the suspect into custody.
An off-duty RCMP officer subdued one of two bank robbery suspects Friday night when the man, 31-year-old Adam Hayden, allegedly tried to carjack his vehicle on Kenmount Road according to the RNC. A responding RNC officer then took Hayden into custody.
Travis Wade, 33, of St. John's is facing six charges, including armed robbery, forcible confinement and assault with a weapon.
Adam Hayden, 31, of Conception Harbour is facing several charges, including armed robbery, intentionally discharging a firearm, and multiple other firearms-related offences.
The RNC say Hayden, from Conception Harbour, and Wade, from St. John’s allegedly entered the bank with a firearm and demanded cash. One of them discharged the firearm but there were no injuries.
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