Yellowknife RCMP make arrest in two armed convenience store robberies

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A Yellowknife man is charged with several offences after the Circle K convenience store, commonly known as Winks, at Forrest Drive and Franklin Avenue was robbed twice this year.

The latest came just over two weeks ago on June 7 when a man entered the store and threatened the clerk with a knife.

Police say he fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

Back on January 14, police  believe the same suspect entered the store about 4:30 a.m. and demanded cash from the store clerk, while wielding a knife.

Joanasie Qumuaqtuq, 20, was arrested last Friday in Yellowknife and is charged with two counts each of robbery, wearing a disguise while committing an offence, possession of a dangerous weapon and failing to comply with probation orders.

Police do not say where or when he was arrested.

Qumuaqtuq was being held in custody for a court appearance Tuesday.

“Our general duty in support with YK General Investigation Section worked really hard to gather evidence to stop this man. RCMP is committed to prevent and stop crimes, and to bring safety in our communities” states Staff Sergeant Yannick Hamel, Operations Manager for Yellowknife RCMP.

It’s the second arrest after at least five convenience store robberies in Yellowknife this year, including one failed attempt.

A 20-year-old woman from Yellowknife remains in custody charged with robbery.




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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.