Ottawa Canada March 6 2017 Two Rogers employees were allegedly pepper sprayed, tied up and threatened with a knife Thursday night during a violent robbery at the Rogers store at on Montreal Rd in east Ottawa.
Ottawa police have arrested seven people, each of them charged with two counts of robbery and a single count of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
At around 6:50 p.m., two men wearing disguises entered the store, one wielding a knife, the other carrying a form of pepper spray, according to police.
"Two employees were sprayed with the substance and both were later bound," said Staff Sgt. Mike Haarbosch of the Ottawa police robbery unit.
"It's to gain compliance, whether it was actually needed or not," said Haarbosch. "It was potentially violence for the sake of violence, that always concerns me."
Haarbosch said the two workers on duty were treated at the scene by paramedics and didn't need to go to the hospital.
The two alleged robbers loaded up an undisclosed number of cellphones and fled the store parking lot where a vehicle was waiting with five other people, said Haarbosch.