Suspects arrested at mall were evading police after previous robberies

Police have charged two men in relation to two robberies that occurred in the municipality yesterday.

At approximately 11 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a robbery that occurred at Ash Jewellery located at 6257 Quinpool Road. Two men entered the store and one was carrying what was believed to be a firearm. The suspects exited the store empty-handed and fled to a vehicle that was parked nearby. The store employee and a customer who was in the store were not physically injured.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., Halifax District RCMP responded to a robbery at the Cash Trader Store located at 602 Sackville Drive. Two men entered the store, one was carrying what was believed to be a firearm, and demanded money. The firearm was discharged into the floor during a brief struggle. The store owner was not physically injured. The two suspects fled the store with a quantity of cash and jewelry. The two men matched the description of the suspects from the earlier robbery in Halifax.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Halifax Regional Police officers spotted the suspect vehicle from the robberies traveling on Highway 102 approaching Bayers Road in Halifax. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the suspects refused to stop and continued to the area of the Halifax Shopping Center. Three men abandoned the vehicle and fled inside the mall.

After a brief foot pursuit inside the mall, officers arrested two of the men and recovered the stolen property without incident. Officers secured the mall and continued to search for the third man. At approximately 3:30 p.m. the area of the mall was reopened after it was determined that the third man was not inside the mall.

Daniel Christian Anthony Johnson, 27, and Colton Alan Grantmyre, 26, are scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today to face charges of:

Robbery (X 2)
Assault with a weapon (X 2)
Uttering threats (X 2)
Unlawful confinement (X 2)
Reckless discharge of a firearm
Careless handling of a firearm (X 2)
Pointing a firearm (X 3)
Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose (X 2)
Carrying concealed weapon (X 2)
Unauthorized possession of a firearm (X 2)
Possession of a firearm knowing it is unauthorized (X 2)
Unauthorized possession in motor vehicle (X 2)
Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000

Grantmyre is also facing three counts of possession contrary to a firearms prohibition order.

Johnson is also being charged with one count of theft under $5,000.

The third suspect is described as a Black man in his twenties, approximately 6’ tall with a medium build and an earring in his left ear. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black hooded sweater and grey pants.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking anyone who may have information in relation to the incident or video of the area to call 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at or by using the P3 Tips app.

Source: Release

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