Concerned that the violence may escalate, police are appealing for the public’s assistance nabbing a prolific bank robber.
Since October 2013, the “Mummy Bandit” has robbed ten banks in the downtown core.
In the latest hold-up, the suspect produced a box cutter, in addition to a gun which he displayed in previous robberies.
“This guy is one heck of a pain,” said Hold Up Staff Inspector Mike Earl.
“He has got our attention and my concern is that he’s getting aggressive. This is someone we have to get off the street as soon as possible before something terrible happens.”
On June 2, at around 4.45 p.m., the suspect held a knife to an employee’s throat while making his demands for cash at a bank at King St. W. and Strachan Ave.
On May 14, at about 12.15 p.m., he attended a bank at College & Bathurst Sts. And, armed with a handgun, went behind the teller’s wicket demanding a quantity of money while threatening victims.
He fled towards Bathurst St. after the robbery.
On April, 22 at about 2 p.m., the bandit robbed a bank at Fort York Blvd. and Spadina Ave.
The suspect is described as white, 20-30, and 5’6”-5”10”.
He’s wearing a prominent ring on his right hand in one of the security images.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416- 808-7350,Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
One June 3, Hold Up arrested a man whom police had earlier dubbed the “Box Cutter Bandit” in a press conference on April 24.
It’s alleged that, on March 12, he entered a Royal Bank of Canada branch near Bloor St. W. and Royal York Blvd. and approached a teller. With a knife in his right hand, he threatened to harm the employee and demanded a specific amount of cash
It’s also alleged he robbed a Scotia Bank branch the same day and a CIBC branch 14 days later.
John Castonguay, 46, faces three counts of robbery and possession of a weapon.
He made a court appearance today.