LETHBRIDGE -- A 20-year-old man faces several charges following a convenience store robbery attempt that was thwarted by a panic alarm.

According to Lethbridge Police Service officials, a masked man entered the Circle K location in the 2700 block of Mayor Magrath Drive S. at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect allegedly threatened the clerk and demanded cash. While complying with the demands of the masked man, the employee triggered a panic alarm notifying police of the robbery.

The suspect had gathered a collection of cigarettes, gift cards and cash when a patrol officer arrived at the store. The man attempted to push his way past the officer and out of the store but, after a brief struggle, he was arrested.

Ahmed Babatunde of Lethbridge has been charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Disguised with intent
  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Unlawful confinement
  • Assault

As of Wednesday morning, the accused remains in custody ahead of a bail hearing.