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Police believe 5 “swarming” robberies by young people in Halifax may be connected

The arrest was made on Friday.
Police are investigating a possible connection between five swarming robberies in the past month in Halifax. File / Global News

HALIFAX – Halifax Regional Police are investigating five assaults and robberies that happened in the city over the past month which they believe may be connected.

All of the assaults and robberies were done by a group of young people, and all in the same area of Halifax.

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At 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to a robbery report in the area of Quinpool Road and Robie Street, where a 23-year-old man had been assaulted and his wallet and phone stolen by a group.

The group of people ran away from the area after the assault. The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The group was described as a group of black males and one female. One of the males was wearing a white hoodie and black jacket.

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Police believe this incident may be connected to the following four other incidents:

  • On November 29 at 1:10 a.m., Halifax Regional Police received a report of a robbery in the area of Cogswell Street by the Emera Oval. A group of 10-15 young people approached two men and a woman who were walking in the area. A female punched the woman in the face, knocking her to the ground, and took her wallet. Another in the group punched one of the men in the face, knocked him to the ground and punched and kicked him. The other man came to the aid of his friends and the group then fled the area on foot towards North Park Street. All three victims were treated at the scene by EHS. The only description of the suspects was one black female youth with dreadlocks and black male youth wearing dark clothing.
  • On November 15 at 1:54 a.m., a 22-year-old woman was walking on Buddy Day Street when she was approached by a group of four men. The woman told them to leave and then one of the men punched her in the face several times. The group then fled and the woman realized her wallet was missing. The suspects are described as black men, all approximately 5’9”-5’10” with skinny builds. Three of the men were wearing black hoodies and one man was wearing a white t-shirt.
  • On November 7 at approximately 2:30 a.m., were called to a robbery at the 2000 block of Gottingen Street.  Police learned a 58-year-old man had been assaulted and his wallet stolen in the area of Cogswell and North Park Streets at about 2 a.m. No suspect description is available. The victim was assessed by EHS paramedics at the scene and didn’t require further medical attention.
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  • On November 7 at approximately 1:55 a.m., officers responded to a robbery in the area of Maynard and Cunard Streets in Halifax. A 34-year-old male victim had been assaulted and his wallet stolen by a group of people who had fled the area. The victim was transported to hospital by EHS with non-life threatening injuries. The suspects are described as a group of three black females and three black males in their late teens or early twenties; no clothing description is available.

Police are looking into whether the same people are responsible for the incidents, and have increased patrols and are conducting special checks in the area.

The Quick Response Units will also be patrolling the area in plain clothes capacity.

Anyone with information about these five robberies is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-493-5020 or contact www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.