London Police have made multiple arrests following an investigation into two recent armed robberies in the city.
The first robbery happened around 4:30 p.m. on September 18th when four suspects, one armed with a long gun, another with a handgun, entered the Scotiabank at Hamilton Road and Highbury Avenue and demanded money.
After obtaining a quantity of cash, the suspects fled in a stolen SUV before ditching it at the dead end of nearby Meadowlilly Road, north of the walking bridge. The four crossed the bridge, got into another vehicle operated by a fifth person, and fled the area, police said. No injuries to bank staff were reported.
The second robbery happened around 5:30 a.m. on October 3rd, just over two weeks later, when two suspects, dressed in black with faces covered, entered the Petro Canada on Wonderland Road North at Fanshawe Park Road and demanded cigarettes.
Police said one of the suspects involved was armed with a handgun, and used it to strike the clerk. After obtaining a quantity of cigarettes, the two fled in an SUV being driven by a third suspect.
On Tuesday, Police said three of the suspects involved in the Scotiabank robbery were also involved in the Petro Canada robbery.
Police have laid charges against 37-year-old Michael Herman Doxtator of London, 25-year-old Charles Grebenchen of London, and 39-year-old Travis O’Leary of Strathroy in connection to both robberies.
A fourth suspect in the bank robbery, 25-year-old Erika Paton, has also been charged, and an arrest warrant for a fifth suspect, Johnny Grebenchen, has been applied for. A sixth suspect in the bank robbery remains unidentified.
Michael Herman Doxtator faces additional charges in connection to two incidents that occurred last week, police said.
Officers attempted to stop a vehicle near Hamilton Road and Highbury Avenue around 10:15 a.m. on October 7th. Police said the vehicle took off and a pursuit was initiated. After travelling east on Trafalgar from Highbury, police had to call off the pursuit due to the suspect vehicle’s dangerous driving.
Around 15 minutes later, police received a call from a citizen who reported his vehicle had been struck by a GMC Envoy who failed to stop. Through investigation, police learned the plates on the SUV had been stolen earlier in the morning.
The next morning, on October 8th, police attempted to stop a pickup truck around 9:40 a.m. in a parking lot on Trafalgar Street near Veterans Memorial Parkway.
Police said the truck had stolen licence plates, and tried to flee police. A spike belt was deployed in the pursuit, and the vehicle continued until it came to a stop near Gore Road east of Hamilton Road.
After taking off on foot, the vehicle’s driver was found a short distance away and was arrested without incident. The vehicle’s passenger was also arrested.
Michael Herman Doxtator is facing multiple charges in connection to both incidents. Another person, identified as Leigha Ainscow, has been charged in the October 8th incident.
London Police have not yet confirmed if the Michael Doxtator charged is the same Michael Doxtator that West Region OPP were on the lookout for earlier this year.
In March, OPP said they were looking for one 37-year-old Michael Doxtator, a federal offender who was serving a 2 year and 7 month sentence for robbery, armed robbery, disguise with intent, and fail to comply with recognizance.
Police said he was known to frequent the London area, and was wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant as a result of breaching his parole.