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article imageToronto citizens stop female armed robber Special

By KJ Mullins     Aug 12, 2011 in Crime
Toronto - Toronto Police are thanking brave citizens who stopped an armed robber from escaping Thursday morning from the scene in the Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue West area.
It's alleged that the suspect entered into a clothing store Thursday morning with a rifle demanding money from the only employee at the shop.
The shop's employee gave the armed woman the money and she fled from the back door of the shop.
She wasn't alone. The employee had followed her in an effort to stop her from getting away with the crime. The two began to struggle when other citizens at the scene joined in.
Toronto Constable Tony Vella said that the citizens risked their lives to help out another Toronto resident during a phone interview.
"The Toronto Police want to thank the citizens for putting their own lives on the line to assist the shop employee. We encourage citizens to assist when they see a crime by calling 9-1-1." Vella said adding that the police want Good Samaritans to know their own skill set when assisting in dangerous situations.
"One of the female citizens that assisted kicked the gun out of the way," Vella stated, "She told me later that she didn't even realize what she was doing until the incident was over."
Vella stressed that the police do not want people to put themselves in danger but in this case where very thankful for the assistance of those that helped at the scene.
Lashawn Walters, 26, of Toronto has been charged with robbery while armed with a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession was unauthorized and assault with intent to resist arrest.
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