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Police seek suspect in brazen robberies

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man believed to be involved in two violent robberies that took place this month in the west end.

In the first case, a man wearing a handkerchief over his face entered a bank on Carling Avenue near Parkdale on August 5th.

Police said the man demanded money and when he received some he asked for more, threatening to hurt the employees if they didn't comply. There were no injuries and he fled with an undisclosed quantity of cash.

The second robbery took place Tuesday on Centrepointe Drive, when a man brandishing a gun, pointed it at the bank employee and demanded cash. He was wearing a construction helmet, a reflective vest, sunglasses and pyjama bottoms.

He was given money, but then jumped onto the counter and demanded more.

Again, he fled with an undisclosed amount of money and there were no injuries.

The man is described as having a darker complexion, 5'6" to 5'8" around 200 to 220 lbs with a moustache/goatee and longer hair.

He is described as 25-35 years old and English speaking.

The Robbery Unit continues to investigate the incidents and is operating under the premise that these robberies are related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Robbery Unit.

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