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Residents tackle suspect who tried to rob Markham pub, help police arrest him

Last Updated Sep 1, 2020 at 12:45 pm EST

The Unionville Arms Pub & Grill on Main Street

When a man walked into a popular Markham pub, and instead of ordering a beer told bartenders he had a gun and wanted cash, Elia Gardanis simply said no.

“I just told him that we weren’t going to do that,” said Gardanis, the general manager at Unionville Arms Pub and Grill.

York Regional Police confirm a man was arrested Monday evening, in relation to an attempted robbery at the establishment on Unionville’s Main Street.

Gardanis was working around dinner time when a man approached the bar and demanded employees empty the till, saying he was armed.

“I said no and he left confused,” Gardanis told 680 NEWS.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Bell said after the man left the restaurant, he was chased by two people on the street, tackled to the ground and held down until officers arrived at the scene.

Gardanis doesn’t believe the incident was a one-off.

York Regional Police say 25-year-old Daniel Lamontagne is charged with five counts of robbery and one count of break and enter.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are seeking information on a second suspect.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact investigators.

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