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Charges laid in Vanier home invasion

Ottawa Police have charged a man following a home invasion Thursday in the Vanier area.

Staff Sgt. Mike Haarbosch with the Robbery Unit told CFRA a man forced his way into a 72-year-old woman's home on Lacasse Avenue around 7:20 a.m.

He had knocked on the door to talk to her.

"He actually tried to tell her that she was in the midst of a medical emergency and then requested a piece of photo identification," said Staff Sgt. Mike Haarbosch, the head of the Robbery Unit. "I think he was probably very compelling at the time, but it didn't take her long to become suspicious, especially when he followed her into the apartment."

Haarbosch said the man made off with the victim's wallet.

He didn't make it far - police picked him up at a fast food restaurant on Montreal Road shortly afterwards trying to use the woman's credit card.

"The fast food establishment was probably the first stop that he made with the cards, whether or not there was more on the list, I suppose is unknown," said Haarbosch. "I think the first stop he made with the cards resulted in his arrest."

Gilles Laviolette, 46, has been charged with robbery, being unlawfully in a dwelling, using a stolen credit card, attempted fraud under $5,000 and breach of probation.

Haarbosch said he believed the attack was random. It's not clear if the suspect knew an elderly woman lived at the address.

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