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An armed robber at a Pickering gas station was tracked down and detained by a citizen until officers arrived to make the arrest.

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at approximately 7:20 p.m., a lone male, with his face covered, attended the Global gas station on Kingston Road in Pickering.

He pointed a handgun at the attendant and demanded money. After receiving a quantity of cash, he ran westbound through the parking lot. A 33-year-old Pickering man witnessed the robbery and pursued the suspect, believing the handgun was a pellet gun. After a brief pursuit, the suspect turned around suddenly and pointed the handgun at the witness, who managed to wrestle the suspect to the ground and hold him until police arrived.

Richard POLIQUIN, age 24, of Oshawa has been charged with: Robbery with Firearm; Wear Disguise with Intent; Weapons Dangerous; Using Imitation Firearm in the Commission of an Offence; and Breach of Probation. He was held for a bail hearing.

The 33-year-old citizen, who assisted with the arrest, will be nominated for a DRPS Citizen’s Award for his bravery and quick action. The DRPS would like to thank him for assisting with this call, but strongly advises citizens not to actively engage any armed suspect. The handgun turned out to be a pellet gun in this case, but looked like a real firearm.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Derusha of the Major Crime – Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5355.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.