Armed robber foiled by store clerk 

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The Whistler RCMP is investigating an attempted armed robbery that occurred at roughly 10:35 p.m. on April 29 at a cold beer and wine store.

According to the police, a white male aged 20 to 25 with a brown buzz cut and British accent entered the premises, a green plaid scarf pulled over his face that had eyeholes cut into it. He carried a knife in each hand and told the clerk it was a robbery.

The clerk thought it was a friend playing a joke and pulled the scarf down to get a better look at his friend, which is when he realized he didn't know the person and was being robbed.

The clerk had other ideas, however, and put the man into a headlock before pushing him out of the store. The suspect was last seen running away along Blackcomb Way.

The RCMP was called in to investigate and brought in a dog team, but lost the suspect's scent on the Valley Trail. They are looking for additional security camera footage as well.

If you have any information, contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Man arrested after brandishing axe

A 43-year-old male from Quebec, who is living in Whistler, is facing charges of possessing a weapon, possessing a controlled substance and causing a disturbance after removing an axe from his pack and threatening people with it.

The police were called at 8:14 p.m. on April 23. According to the caller, the apparently intoxicated male had been standing on the steps by the Gondola Transit Exchange and yelling at pedestrians for around 40 minutes. While answering the call, the complainant told police that the male had taken an axe out of his pack and was waving it around.

When the police arrived the male had put the axe back into his back, but was still yelling. He started to yell at police, who then arrested him for causing a disturbance.

A search of the suspect turned up roughly 14 grams of marijuana and the axe. He was held in custody until he could appear before a judge the next day, and was released.

The RCMP has had two more encounters with the same individual since then. On April 25 they received a call after the male was observed changing his pants just off the Village Stroll. The police don't believe there was any sexual implication in the act, and believe the male may be homeless. There were no additional charges following that call.

The male then attended the police station early on the morning of April 26 to say he had been assaulted while sleeping at Alta Lake. However, police could find no evidence that an assault occurred.


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