Second robbery charge for Abbotsford woman

A woman charged with a purse snatching Oct. 20 in Abbotsford has been arrested for allegedly robbing a store on Montrose Avenue.

A woman charged with a purse snatching Oct. 20 in Abbotsford has been arrested for allegedly robbing a store on Montrose Avenue last Thursday.

Maria Mantler, 35, now faces another robbery charge.

Const. Ian MacDonald said a woman entered a store in the 2600 block of Montrose Avenue at about 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 and began talking to the owner, saying she needed money.

The suspect then pulled out a syringe and demanded cash, as a witness walked into the business and was told by the owner, for her safety, to leave.

The robber then fled, and police were called to the scene, where they were able to obtain a detailed suspect description.

Police searched the area, stopping a taxi in the 33500 block of South Fraser Way and arresting the suspect.

Mantler was previously charged with robbery after allegedly grabbing a purse from a woman who was walking from the bus loop on Bourquin Crescent towards Gladwin Road on Oct. 20, using the route behind Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.

The suspect was identified by police after a composite drawing was created.

Mantler is currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing, scheduled for Wednesday.