Man who rode bike to commit robbery to be sentenced next week

Rosie Mullaley
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Rodrigues David Ryan (left) has pleaded guilty to two armed robberies, is scheduled to be sentenced next week in provincial court in St. John’s
— File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

It wasn’t your typical getaway car. A man who rode a pedal bike in the middle of a snowstorm to commit one of two robberies will find out next week how long he’ll be behind bars.

During a sentencing hearing at provincial court in St. John’s Thursday, the Crown suggested giving Rodrigues David Ryan a five-year jail term. The defence suggested four.

Judge Jim Walsh is expected to render his decision Tuesday.

Ryan entered the guilty pleas to two counts of armed robbery, as well as breaching court orders.

The first robbery happened Aug. 28, 2012, when the 26-year-old was said to have held up a delivery driver with a knife outside No Name Pizza on Ropewalk Lane.

Ryan got away with almost $500 from the man, who had once been in a relationship with Ryan’s mother.

Ryan was released from jail shortly after his arrest in that incident.

Six months later, on Feb. 24, despite a blizzard in the capital city, Ryan committed another holdup, this time at the Esso gas station on Empire Avenue.

After riding his bike there, Ryan walked in to the clerk with what looked to be a gun and demanded money and cigarettes.

He rode off with $181 and five cartons of cigarettes. But the smokes were so cumbersome to carry while riding his bike, Ryan ended up going back to the gas station to get a bag.

He was picked up by police in early March and was denied bail a few days later.

In court Thursday, Ryan apologized for what he did.

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