A Good Samaritan who stopped to help a stranded motorist was threatened at knifepoint, forced to drive the man away from the accident scene and then left at the side of the road as the man drove away in his truck.
The suspect later threatened staff at a Spencerville gas station with his edged weapon before making off with cigarettes and alcohol.
The saga started at noon on Friday when Grenville OPP were called about a single-vehicle accident on County Road 15 in Wolford Township. The vehicle had been stolen from Ottawa earlier that day.
Before police arrived, a passerby stopped to help the driver at the accident scene. The car thief pulled his edged weapon and ordered the Good Samaritan to drive him toward Kemptville.
A little ways down the car jacker released the man unharmed and sped off in the truck.
OPP spotted the vehicle and gave chase but had to discontinue the pursuit because of dangerous driving by the thief.
Fifty minutes later, the thief stopped in Spencerville and used his weapon to rob the gas station of booze and cigarettes.
The OPP finally nabbed the guy on Rooney Road in Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Township when the driver was involved in another single-vehicle accident – his second of the day.
Ronald Eby, 32, of no fixed address, faces more than a dozen charges, including dangerous driving, fleeing from police, impaired driving, uttering threats, forcible confinement, vehicle theft, two counts of armed robbery, three counts of possession of stolen goods, mischief, violation of probation and breach of recognizance.
Eby was held for bail court in Brockville.
The OPP detachments of Grenville County and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the Grenville County Crime Unit, the OPP Forensic Identification Unit and the Ottawa Police worked on the investigation.
Witnesses are asked to contact Detective Belanger at 613-925-4221 or at 1-888-310-1122.