UPDATED: Charges laid after robbery suspects barricade themselves in east-end apartment

Ottawa Police have laid charges against two men in connection with a robbery on Montreal Road that led to an overnight standoff nearby.

Police were called to Eastview Pizza on Montreal Road around 8:00 p.m. Sunday. The pizzeria’s owner, Nemr El-Salibi, tells CTV News he was on the phone with his wife when two men entered wearing masks.

“I asked them to take their masks off if they want to come in,” he said. “One of them pulled out a gun, the other a steel bar.”

El-Salibi quickly told his wife – in Arabic – to call the police.

No one was hurt.

Police dogs led officers to an apartment building on Blake Boulevard, which led to an hours-long standoff and five people being taken into custody without incident.

Two people have since been released.

On Monday afternoon, police announced charges in connection with the robbery against two men. 23-year-old Dylan Muelmeester and 28-year-old Matthew Carlsson are both facing the following charges:

  • three counts of robbery
  • one count of use of a firearm in commission of an offense
  • one count of conspiracy
  • one count of wearing a disguise
  • one count of obstructing a peace officer

Muelmeester is also facing three counts of pointing a firearm, and two counts of breach of undertaking. Carlsson is also facing two counts of breach of recognizance and one count of personation.

Police say additional charges may be laid.

A third person is expected to be charged in connection with the standoff, but not the robbery. That person is facing one count each of obstructing a peace officer and possession of property obtained by crime.

The suspect will not be identified until charged.

Ottawa Police note Carlsson was the subject of an arrest warrant in connection with the robbery of a convenience store on Parkdale Avenue on October 30, 2016.