A man who allegedly had a replica firearm tucked into his waistband when he attended the Tim Hortons in Azilda has been charged with two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Greater Sudbury Police said at around 11:40 a.m. today, Jan. 6, officers were dispatched to a call regarding a weapons complaint at the Tim Hortons in Azilda. Information provided was that a man had entered the restaurant and a staff member saw what was believed to be a firearm in the waistband of his pants.
When officers arrived on scene, they set up a containment area and the restaurant was quickly evacuated of all staff members and customers, said police.
Twenty minutes later, the man exited the restaurant and was immediately taken into custody. Upon searching him, officers found a replica firearm and a knife.
The 31-year-old man was taken to police headquarters and charged. He is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
GSPS said his name cannot be released as the information has not yet been sworn to through the court process.
“We would like to commend the quick actions of the staff at the Tim Hortons during this alarming situation.,” said GSPS in a news release. “You demonstrated bravery and courage during a very stressful time. Your co-operation was very much appreciated.”