Suspected armed robber undergoing psychiatric evaluation

Rosie Mullaley
Published on January 18, 2014

A man suspected of holding up a gas station in Conception Bay South will undergo a psychiatric assessment during the weekend.

Nicholas O’Brien — who turns 20 today — made a brief appearance in provincial court in St. John’s Friday afternoon.

He was arrested in connection with an armed robbery that happened at Ultramar on the C.B.S. Highway at 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Police say O’Brien was armed with a weapon when he entered the store and demanded cash before taking off. There were no injuries reported.

Officers arrested O’Brien shortly afterwards.

He faces charges of armed robbery, being disguised with intent to commit a robbery and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

O’Brien is due back before a judge Monday following his weekend-long psychiatric evaluation at the Waterford Hospital.

It was one of two armed robberies that happened in C.B.S.

At around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, a man with a weapon held up C.J. Convenience on the Foxtrap Access Road. He left empty-handed.

He’s described as 5-7 and 130 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a grey sweater, jeans and a black hat. He also had his face concealed.

Police are asking anyone with information on either of these robberies to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at

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