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Criminal defense: Alberta man charged with robbery

A man police believe may have been responsible for several robberies in the downtown Edmonton area has been arrested and charged. Alberta police arrested the 34-year-old man as a suspect in connection with three separate incidents in mid-January. The man is likely focused on his criminal defense as his case heads to court. 

All three robberies are said to have taken place within a week of one another, beginning Jan. 18, when a man purportedly entered a local restaurant before threatening the staff with an unidentified weapon. A second robbery took place on Jan. 23, and a third occurred the next day. In all three cases, the story from witnesses was the same: they had been threatened by a man with a weapon.

The suspected individual was reportedly already known to police when he was arrested in a convenience store not long after the third robbery took place. He has been charged with seven counts of breach of recognizance, two of assault with the intent to resist arrest, and three robbery charges. No court date has been set as of this report. 

In criminal defense cases, it is the burden of Alberta prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspected man was indeed responsible for any of the three robberies of which he has been accused. To do so, they will need to provide compelling evidence that might include witness testimony, surveillance leading to positive identification or fingerprints. However, any evidence is held up to scrutiny, and defense representation may wish to review all potential evidence in order to prepare appropriate challenges to be presented in court. 

Source: CBC News, "Man arrested in three downtown Edmonton robberies", Jan. 27, 2017

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