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Arrest made in Orillia attempted robbery investigation

Two females were inside a bank vestibule accessing the bank machine when they were approached by two men. One of the males used physical force in attempt to take money from the victim
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NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

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The Orillia Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit is currently investigating a robbery that was reported last night.

At approximately 11 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, police were contacted regarding a robbery. The incident took place on Mississaga Street between West and Peter streets in the City of Orillia.

Two females were inside a bank vestibule accessing the bank machine when they were approached by two men. One of the males used physical force in attempt to take money from the victim.

The two females fought off the attackers causing them to flee the scene. The suspects ran south towards Colborne Street through an alley.

Police were called and several units immediately responded. The OPP Canine and Emergency Response Team (ERT) attended to assist with locating the suspects and any evidence.

A description of the suspects was provided to police as well as video surveillance footage which was useful in providing images of the suspects. The OPP Street Crime Unit (SCU) was able to identify both men responsible.

Joshua Williamson, age 28 is from Orillia. He has been arrested and held for a bail hearing. Charges include: robbery with a weapon and breach of probation.

Police are continuing to investigate and will provide an update in relation to the second male suspect once information is available.

The victims were not injured.   

If you have information that may assist with this investigation, please call the Orillia OPP @ 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122.

You can also submit your tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or others. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. You will remain anonymous, will not be required to testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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