Johnathan Rath was arrested in August 2018 following a police takedown in the area of Clearbrook Road and Fir Avenue in Abbotsford. (Kevin MacDonald photo)

Johnathan Rath was arrested in August 2018 following a police takedown in the area of Clearbrook Road and Fir Avenue in Abbotsford. (Kevin MacDonald photo)

Man sentenced for robbing Abbotsford liquor store

Charges stayed against Johnathan Rath for allegedly attacking two people with metal pipe

An Abbotsford man who robbed a liquor store earlier this year after allegedly hitting two people with a metal pipe has now been sentenced.

Johnathan Rath, 37, received a sentence of 170 days in jail – once time already served was taken into account – to be followed by two years of probation on a charge of robbery.

Six other charges – two of assault with a weapon, two of assault causing bodily harm and one each of uttering threats and mischief – were stayed recently in Abbotsford provincial court.

Rath had also been charged with four counts of breaching his probation, but was sentenced to time served on just one of the charges.

Rath was arrested Feb. 9 in relation to two incidents. The first took place at about 9:30 p.m.

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Two people called police to say that, without any provocation, a man had chased after them in the 2300 block of McCallum Road and hit them with a metal pipe.

They told police that the man then threw the pipe at one of them and smashed a car window before running away.

With an hour of the assault, police were called to a robbery in progress at a liquor store on Montvue Avenue.

Police said the suspect threatened store clerks with a knife, while stealing cash and alcohol.

Minutes later, at 10:34 p.m., patrol officers in downtown Abbotsford spotted a man matching the description of the robbery suspect.

Rath was arrested without incident and subsequently charged.

He was also sentenced last October in relation to another unprovoked assault.

Rath kicked a car as the driver was attempting to park on Aug. 25, 2018 in the area of Clearbrook Road and Fir Avenue.

He then threatened to shoot the two people inside before taking their cellphone.

Police converged on the area and arrested Rath. He was subsequently charged with robbery and uttering threats.

Also in 2018, Rath was charged with theft in May, two counts of assault in June and mischief in August.

He pleaded guilty in October to four of those six charges, and was sentenced to one year of probation. The robbery charge and one assault charge were stayed.