Three armed robbers entered a bitcoin exchanged located in Ottowa, Canada, and proceeded to tie up the four employees that were inside, according to the Ottowa police. One of the employees was also struck on his head with a handgun.
It was also reported by Coindesk that the robbers tried to force one of the employees ”to make an outbound transactions”, but there are no sources that can attest to this.
There was also a fifth staff member, who at the time off the robbery was in another room, and that person contacted the police, who arrived before any items or money were taken from the exchange. One of the suspects was seen running when the police was arriving, but was later apprehended.
The arrested man was identified as being 19-year old Jimmy St-Hilaire. Photos of the other two suspects that are on the run were released by the police. The police said that they would also interrogate another person of interest who was inside the exchange when the robbery started.
While the police didn’t name the exchange, referring to it as only ”a bitcoin related financial institution”, if you look at the general area mentioned in the police reports, a company named Canadian Bitcoins is located there.
“Yesterday, there was an attempted robbery at our office in Ottawa. As police have mentioned, no one was seriously hurt during the incident, but one staff member did sustain minor injuries. Our focus is on supporting our staff at this time as well as working with the police in their investigation,” said company spokesperson in a Motherboard interview.
Even though bitcoin has fallen from its mid-December high of over $19,300, it was still trading at over $11,300 at 1:30 a.m. EST Friday, which explains why the robbers would attempt to get their hand on the cryptocurrency.