A crime-filled weekend in Ottawa saw police seize guns, chase a stolen car, search for suspects in a stabbing and investigate a robbery in which several masked men threatened a store clerk with a machete.

Police’s busy weekend was capped early yesterday when an officer chased suspected car thieves from Stittsville to Smiths Falls after two men robbed a Hobin Street convenience store at about 5:15 a.m.


At 5:40 a.m., a city police officer was led on a chase by a vehicle that had been reported stolen by a Stittsville resident at 4:45 a.m. and connected to the robbery at the convenience store a half an hour later.

The driver failed to stop and Ontario Provincial Police and Smiths Falls police joined the pursuit after the vehicle left city limits. OPP eventually laid spike belts across the roadway in the vehicle’s path to stop the car. Two men were arrested at 6:30 a.m.

In other weekend incidents:

>> Police yesterday reported they had seized two semi-automatic handguns in a Saturday raid of a downtown residence. The Guns and Gangs and DART units joined a tactical squad to search a Waverly Street residence on a warrant. Jean Sebastien Mrenica, 22, of Ottawa, faces seven firearms–related charges, including two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm.

>> At 8:12 p.m. on Saturday, four masked men — one armed with a machete — robbed a Subway restaurant on Montreal Road. The suspects, all described as black males wearing masks, fled on foot. The lone clerk was not injured.

>> At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, two young males assaulted and robbed a 20-year-old man at Hunt Club Road at Lorry Greenberg Drive. Police arrested a 17-year-old male, a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old female at a nearby residence.

>> And earlier that afternoon, a 19-year-old city man suffered a non-life-threatening injury after being stabbed in the back on Murray Street, in Lowertown. One suspect is a white male, about 40 years old, standing about 6-foot-3. The other is a white female, aged 20 to 25, about 5-feet.

no injuries

  • In the car chase early yesterday morning, there were no injuries and OPP and city police will be laying separate charges.

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