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Man, 57, faces 16 charges in
downtown retail robbery investigations

Broadcast time: 15:51
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hold Up

Case #: 2018-116823

Toronto Police Service Hold Up would like to make the public aware of an arrest and charges laid in an investigation into four robberies.

It is alleged that:

- on Friday, January 19, 2018, a man committed four robberies within a span of fifteen minutes

It is further alleged that:

- at 1:45 p.m., a man approached a woman, 48, and her nine-year-old son near The Esplanade and Jarvis Street

- the man indicated he had a weapon in his pocket and demanded the victim give him money

- the victim and her son were able to flee from the man

It is further alleged that:

- at 1:50 p.m., the same man stepped in front of a woman, 44, walking in the area of St. Lawrence Market and blocked her way

- he demanded she give him all her money and stated he had a gun

- the man had an object concealed inside his pocket

- security in the area approached and he walked away

It is further alleged that:

- at 1:55 p.m. the same man walked back to the St. Lawrence Market and approached a booth

- he had his hand concealed inside his pocket and stated to a 30-year-old woman that he had a gun and made a demand for cash

- he did not obtain any money

It is further alleged that:

- at 1:57 p.m., the same man entered a convenience store at Front Street East and Lower Jarvis Street

- the man stated to a 45-year-old woman that he had a gun and demanded cash, the whole time keeping his hand inside his coat pocket

- a witness contacted police and the man was arrested while still inside the store

Regis Plourde, 57, of Toronto, was charged with:

1) four counts of Robbery
2) 12 counts of Fail to Comply Probation

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m., room 501.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Acting Inspector Domenic DiPassa, Hold Up