Two men suspected in a violent armed robbery in the centre of the capital city earlier this week have been freed from jail.
Jonathan Purcell, 26, and Justin Gregory Doyle, 21, were released from custody following their appearance in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday.
The two were ordered to pay $500 to the court and post a $1,000 surety. Other conditions of their release include that they adhere to a curfew and report to the RNC three times a week. They’re not permitted to have any weapons and must abstain from alcohol and drugs.
Purcell and Doyle were also ordered to stay away from Walsh’s Convenience on St. Clare Avenue.
Police say the two went in the store at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and confronted a female clerk, the owner. Both had their faces covered. One of the men had a can of bear spray. The pair reportedly pushed the clerk into the counter before taking off with several packages of cigarettes. She suffered minor injuries. A female customer in the store at the time was not harmed.
Purcell and Doyle are charged with robbery with violence and having their faces masked with the intent of committing a crime.
Doyle faces an additional charge of possessing a prohibited weapon without having a licence for it (bear spray). The two are due back in court Dec. 19.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.