Ottawa police are warning people to remain aware of their surroundings after a slew of personal robberies in the west end late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Police said a suspect, who was accompanied by nine other males, approached a victim on the Centrepointe bike path at 12:45 a.m. Thursday and allegedly pointed a handgun in the victim's face.

The suspect took the victim's iPod, bus pass and $50 in cash.


Police are seeking a 15- to 18-year-old black male, six feet tall with a large build. He was wearing a black T-shirt, red pants, red bandana on his face and a dark baseball cap.

Police are also investigating a personal robbery on the bike path at Craig Henry Park, after four males approached two youths walking along the path.

Police said one of the victims had his iPod stolen and that a male was pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly.

Police are now seeking a Latino male, a black male and a white male, all between 15 and 16 years old.

The third incident occurred in the area of Woodridge Crescent and Bayshore Avenue, when four to five males approached a victim. Police said the victim had a knife pointed at his stomach and his property was demanded.

The suspect then fled on foot with the other males, along with the victim's cell phone. There were no injuries.

Police are seeking a 17-year-old black male.

"It's too early to determine if they are linked," said Ottawa Police Const. J.P. Vincelette of the incidents.

"We get personal robberies every day throughout the summer," said Vincelette. "It's important to stress to the public that late at night, people should make alternate plans and not be walking on bike paths."

People who see any suspicious activity are asked to notify police. Police are also appealing to parents to be aware about the whereabouts of their children.

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