Police say that the public has nothing to fear following an armed robbery in which a masked man allegedly blasted his way into a motel room.
“It is important, we believe, that the Brandon Police Service reassure the citizens of Brandon that their community is safe. That this was not a random act.” Brandon Police Service Sgt. Guy Roberts said.
Around 2:45 a.m. on Monday, a police officer happened to be on patrol in the area of the north-end motel when he heard the blast from the shotgun and saw two suspect running from the scene.
A man and a woman were arrested nearby and a shotgun was also found in the area.
According to court documents, it was the man who allegedly used the shotgun and he was also armed with a knife.
The woman was armed with a .22-calibre handgun.
Police learned that a single shot from a shotgun was fired into the exterior door of the motel room and cash was stolen from the room.
Court documents indicated that the suspects were wearing masks.
A man who was inside the suite at the time managed to flee and was unharmed.
Roberts said it’s believed that the motel room was specifically targeted — it wasn’t a random act that should cause members of the general public to fear for their safety.
The Brandon Sun has learned that the robbery may be linked to the illegal drug trade, but police haven’t confirmed that.
Kirk Frederick George Johnston, 35, and Shawna Marie Dawson, 41, both face a charge of robbery and numerous weapon offences.
Both remain in custody as they await a court appearance on Thursday.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 12, 2013