Suspect arrested for nine downtown Calgary robberies

Further charges are pending as evidence is examined, police said

CCTV PHOTO / CALGARY POLICE

A suspect believed to have robbed nine individuals in downtown Calgary has been arrested. 

The robberies happened between May 10 and May 12, police said.

Ryan Sami Henniche, 20, was charged in connection with the alleged offenses.

During the robberies, he’s alleged to have worn wore dark clothing with his face and head covered, police said. He illegally used a credit card and breached bail for a previous violation, according to police.  

COURTESY CALGARY POLICE

According to Calgary police, the robberies were all related, in that the accused approached a female victim, showed them a knife, and then robbed them of their cash, wallet or purse. The robberies mainly took place on the LRT platforms downtown along 8 Avenue SW. One incident took place in the Beltline near 12 Avenue and 11 Street SW

Identity learned via publicly released photos

Henniche was identified on May 17, thanks to the release of several images. Officers went to speak with him at his residence in the 1000 block of 7 Avenue SW, but he wasn’t home. They waited to obtain a search warrant.

The search warrant was granted on May 18 and several items were found that confirmed the suspect’s connection to the robberies, police said.  

Later in the same afternoon, police received a report of a suspicious male who looked similar to the suspect described in the media: a man in his early 20s, slim build, 5’6” to 5’7” tall, and light blue or grey eyes.

Further investigation into the taken evidence and additional robbers is continuing, and additional charges are expected to be laid, according to police.

District 1 Inspector Clare Smart made an acknowledgement of the impact the robberies had on Calgarians. Smart also said several resources were dedicated in order to arrest Henniche and voiced her appreciation for the public and media in their assistance with locating Henniche. 

“This type of violence will not be tolerated by us, or by fellow citizens,” she said.

“We are all Calgarians working together to ensure a bright, vibrant future for our community.” 

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