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Exeter Armed Robbery – Matthew Armstrong Arrested

(SOUTH HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Major Crime Unit, Huron County OPP detachment members, and the Huron-Perth Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU) investigated an armed robbery that took place on July 30th, 2023, at a business on Main Street North in South Huron (Exeter). 

On Sunday, July 30th, 2023, at 10:07 p.m., Huron County OPP was contacted by a store owner who called to report an armed robbery that had taken place. One male suspect entered the store and demanded cash. During the robbery, the male suspect brandished a handgun. The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Prior to this robbery, at approximately 9:00 p.m., police believe the same suspect was observed in South Huron (Huron Park) attempting to enter a variety store with a handgun but was unsuccessful as the business had just closed for the evening. While OPP officers were responding to Huron Park, the robbery in Exeter occurred.

During the investigation, the suspect was positively identified. On August 2nd, a search warrant was executed at a Bluewater address. The suspect was located, arrested, and transported to the Huron OPP detachment in Clinton for processing.

Matthew Armstrong, 41 years of age from Bluewater has been charged with the following offences:

–      Robbery Using Firearm – two counts,

–      Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose – two counts,

–      Disguise with Intent – two counts,

–      Pointing a Firearm – one count,

–      Theft Under $5000 – one count,

–      Failure to Comply with Undertaking – one count.

The accused remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing scheduled for August 3rd, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 482-1677. 

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