Police officers give chase after robbery suspect flees into weed-filled lake

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Officers on a paddle board and a pedal boat went into the lake to arrest the man. (Sean DeWitt/Waterfront Media Hfx - image credit)
Officers on a paddle board and a pedal boat went into the lake to arrest the man. (Sean DeWitt/Waterfront Media Hfx - image credit)

At least four uniformed Halifax Regional Police officers had an unexpected afternoon on the water after a suspect allegedly robbed a business and then fled into a Dartmouth, N.S., lake on Friday.

Halifax police say the incident began around 11:24 a.m. when they received a report of a robbery at Hugo's Bar & Grill on Windmill Road.

Two men allegedly went into the restaurant, demanded money and showed a weapon.

They then fled on a motorcycle, said Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Const. Alicia Joseph.

Sean DeWitt/Waterfront Media Hfx
Sean DeWitt/Waterfront Media Hfx

But the suspects eventually "let go" of the motorcycle and it crashed into a police vehicle, Joseph said.

One of the suspects was arrested, but the other fled into nearby Little Albro Lake.

Joseph said some officers "went into" the lake and arrested the suspect, but she was not able to provide details of the arrest.

Photographs on social media posts by Chronicle Herald photographer Tim Krochak show one uniformed police officer lying on a paddleboard, using his arms to make his way through the weed-filled water.

Two other uniformed officers are on a pedal boat, and a fourth is in a canoe.

A man in the water appears to be swimming away from the officers.

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