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Would-be robber shot by security guard faces charges

01/09/2015 01:50 EST | Updated 03/11/2015 05:59 EDT
Toronto police have made an arrest in a jewelry store robbery on Thursday that saw a security guard allegedly shoot a suspected robber.

Police are saying that a man wearing a mask and carrying a handgun entered The Jewellery Exchange, at 1920 Eglinton Avenue East, at around 1:50 p.m.

He pointed the weapon at two employees at the display counter of the store, demanding jewelry, they say. The store's security guard, who was also armed, "confronted" the would-be robber and then shot at him several times.

Police say a bullet struck the suspect, he dropped his loaded firearm and fled to his vehicle, which was parked across the street. He was then located by officers who administered first aid and he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

Arthavan Rehnu-Vasanthakumar, 26, of Scarborough, has been charged with:

- Armed Robbery

- Use Disguise with Intent

- Two counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance

- Two counts of Point Firearm

- Possession of a Loaded Restricted Firearm

- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized

- Careless Storage of a Firearm

- Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of an Indictable Offence

The Concord, Ont.,-based ValGuard Security Inc. identified the security guard as Jonathan Hackembruch.

Gary Kleiman, the chief executive officer of ValGuard, told CBC News that Hackemruch is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran.

"He acted in self defence, responding to the threat in accordance with his training," Kleiman told CBC News in an email.

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