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Teen arrested for 4 violent robberies in 1 night

Last Updated Oct 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm EST

A Toronto Police Service cruiser is seen in an undated photo. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with four violent robberies that happened over the course of Monday night in the west end of the city.

Police say the first robbery occurred at a gas station at The Queensway and Windermere Avenue just after 8 p.m. The boy allegedly approached the counter with a large knife and demanded money along with cigarettes before fleeing the scene with cash.

Less than an hour later, he went into a mini-mart at Lakeshore Boulevard West and Brookers Lane where he allegedly threatened a person behind the counter with a large knife before demanding cash from the registers. The victim was able to back away and contact police. The suspect then fled the scene.

Another 45 minutes later, at 9:45, the suspect entered a convenience store a block away at Lakeshore Boulevard and Marine Parade Drive. He picked up a few things and approached the counter. When the staff member opened the register, he allegedly took out a knife and demanded the cash in the register.

The boy was scared off and fled when a customer walked into the store.

Finally, around 11:30 p.m., the boy allegedly demanded cash and cigarettes from inside a convenience store located at Lakeshore Boulevard and Net Drive area. He was given the items before fleeing.

On Tuesday, police arrested the 14-year-old of no fixed address. All the property was allegedly recovered, along with a knife.

He is facing 13 charges including robbery with an offensive weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. He appeared in court earlier today.