Arrest made in Summerside, P.E.I. hotel robberies

Police have arrested a man in conjunction with recent robberies of motels in quiet Summerside, P.E.I. The Mulberry Motel and the Summerside Motel were both robbed on July 23.

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Police have arrested a 32-year-old man from Linkletter, P.E.I., in conjunction of two robberies of Summerside motels that occurred on July 23.

The arrest came after Summerside police released a security photo of someone they called a “person of interest” on July 24. Later that evening, police announced they had made an arrest, the CBC reported.

According to police, the man will be charged with one count of robbery at the Mulberry Motel which occurred Thursday morning.

The motel's owners say they were awakened at about 4:35 a.m. when a suspect rang the doorbell of a locked office. He demanded and received cash from the business owner and then fled on foot, say police. 

The man will also be charged with one count of robbery and one count of wearing a disguise while committing an offence after a robbery at the Summerside Motel approximately six hours later.

Owner Janice Holmes told The Guardian Charlottetown newspaper that she was folding laundry in the basement of the Summerside Motel when she heard a commotion upstairs. Someone yelled, “You'd better come up here, somebody just robbed you,” the newspaper reported. Around 11 a.m., a heavy-set man wearing a ski mask had run into the motel offices, demanding money from the clerk who opened the till. A guest tackled the robber, but he escaped and ran. The guest and a housekeeper also chased the suspect, but they lost him.

Holmes told The Guardian that she and her husband have owned the motel for 17 years, but have never had an incident like this. “I've always felt safe here …but this kind of shakes up that mentality a little bit,” she said.