A 17 year old Saskatoon boy is in custody following what turned out to be a false armed robbery report.
Just after 5:30 PM Friday afternoon, Police received a telephone call from a person reporting an armed robbery at a restaurant in the 2400 block of 22nd Street West. The caller indicated he was in the "back of the store" and that there was a man in the kitchen area of the restaurant armed with a shotgun. The caller went on to provide a physical description of the suspect, however when the Police operator asked the caller for his name, he hung up. Since the call number was blocked, Police were not able to call back.
Numerous police units responded, and as the first officers arrived on the scene they observed a person running from the area that matched the physical description that the caller had provided. A foot pursuit ensued, with the "suspect" running out onto 22nd St West and into the side of a car traveling on 22nd. Despite denting the vehicle, the suspect got up and continued running and was eventually arrested at gunpoint a short distance away.
After the arrest, officers spoke with staff at all the restaurants in the 2400 block of 22nd St W, but could not find anyone who knew anything about an armed robbery. No weapon was found on the suspect or along the route the foot chase occurred. It was however discovered that the suspect did have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for breaching a court order. After being checked over by MD Ambulance personnel he was transported to the SPS Detention Centre and held in custody. There were no other injures associated to the incident. Police are continuing their investigation into who was responsible for making the false report.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Saskatoon Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.