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5 RCMP detachments, dog team, and Police Chopper combine forces to capture 3 in wild stolen vehicle pursuit

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Olds RCMP arrest 3 in stolen truck following multijurisdictional pursuit

Olds, Alta – A collaboration of efforts from Chestermere, Airdrie, Innisfail, Sundre and Didsbury RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS) and Calgary Police Service Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety (CPS HAWCS) led to the arrest of a woman and two men in a stolen vehicle after they fled from police on June 1, 2019. 

On the morning of June 1, Chestermere RCMP tried to effect a traffic stop on Highway 9, and the suspect truck fled.  No pursuit was initiated.  At 9:37 a.m., RCMP received complaints about an erratic driver in the Airdrie area and it is believed to be the same vehicle as earlier. Police officers located the suspect truck, determined to be a stolen Ford pickup truck and initiated a traffic stop near the Carstairs exit northbound on highway 2. The pickup truck refused to stop for police. 

As the truck departed the Airdrie area, RCMP PDS became engaged in the incident, along with Olds RCMP members. The suspect vehicle travelled northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 2.  Responding Innisfail RCMP were able to stop southbound traffic in order to keep the public safe, while HAWCS monitored the vehicle.

The truck drove to, and then through, the town Olds causing damage to various homeowners’ private property. RCMP successfully laid a tire deflation device which caused the truck to become stuck in a field approximately 12 km northwest of Olds.  One male fled the truck and after a brief foot pursuit, with the assistance of the RCMP PDS, the male was arrested. The other male and the female were arrested at the truck without incident.

Dustin Edward Watetch (30) of Regina, Sask faces the following criminal charges:

·         Flight from peace officer

·         Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

·         Resist arrest

·         Possession of stolen property

·         Mischief x3

·         Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose x3

Watetch was remanded into custody and made his first appearance on June 3, 2019. The matter was adjourned to June 12, 2019 in Calgary Provincial Court and Watetch remains in custody.

Richard Mulvihill (27) of Strathmore, Alta faces the following criminal charges:

·         Theft of a motor vehicle

·         Resist arrest

·         Breach of probation x3

·         Breach of recognizance x2

·         Possession of a controlled substance; Fentanyl 

Mulvihill was remanded into custody and made his first appearance on June 5, 2019. His matter was adjourned to June 12, 2019 in Calgary Provincial Court and Mulvihill remains in custody.

Hannah Grace-Marie Davidson (18) of Calgary, Alta faces the following criminal charges:

·         Theft of a motor vehicle

·         Fail to comply with Undertaking x3

Davidson was released on a Recognizance by justice and is to make her first appearance on July 9, 2019 in Didsbury Provincial Court.

This incident involved resources from several different detachment jurisdictions who all worked together to bring this situation to a safe resolution.  The RCMP thanks our partner, CPS HAWCS, for the valuable assistance provided.

Olds RCMP continue to investigate and are asking that any property owners who suffered damage as a result of this incident contact Olds RCMP at 403-556-3323. If you have information to provide, and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

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Assault prime suspect in Edmonton’s spike in violent crime

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Edmonton seeing spike in violent assaults

August 7, 2020

Police are seeing a 27% increase in violence compared to Edmonton’s three-year average, driven largely by an increase in serious, violent assaults, including an 88% increase in assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm.

The Edmonton Police Service uses several indicators to measure crime across the city, such as violence, disorder and property crimes. Violence indicators include assault, robbery, sexual assault and homicide.

In July 2020, the Edmonton Police Service saw a 25% increase in violence indicators over July 2019.  The July 2020 violence indicators saw an increase of 27% compared to the three-year average (July 2017-2019).

Of these indicators, assault was the main driver of the increase.  More specifically, the category of assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm increased by 56% and aggravated assault increased by 43% in July 2020 over July 2019.  Compared to the July three-year average (2017-2019), assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm increased 88% in July 2020, while aggravated assault increased 34% in July 2020.

Percent change: 2020 compared to 2019

MarchAprilMayJuneJuly
Assault – Aggravated+36%+16%-19%+3%+43%
Assault – Bodily harm/weapon+12%+0.6%+17%+30%+56%
Assault Overall-5%-13%-4%+5%+29%

Percent change: 2020 compared to 3-year average (2017-2019)

MarchAprilMayJuneJuly
Assault – Aggravated+55%+34%+21%+48%+34%
Assault – Bodily harm/weapon+15%+9%+35%+35%+88%
Assault Overall-5%-8%-3%+5%+33%

Since July 11, 2020, there have been eight suspicious deaths in Edmonton, five of which have been confirmed as homicides. August 6, 2020 was a particularly violent day for Edmonton, with two new death investigations opened by the Homicide Section. A violent, random assault also occurred at 98 Avenue and 104 Street at about 7:45 pm last night, when a male reportedly approached a female who was waiting in the passenger side of a parked vehicle, asked for money, and then stabbed her multiple times. She was taken to hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries. A 20-year-old male was taken into custody and is facing charges including aggravated assaultrobbery, and possession of offensive weapon.

“While it’s difficult to speculate on why this is occurring, the increase in violent assaults is certainly concerning,” says Supt. Brad Doucette, with the EPS Criminal Investigations Division. “Especially when we see assaults with a weapon or causing bodily harm and aggravated assault on the rise – these are serious charges under the Criminal Code that are used when the victim’s life is put at risk.”

Serious assaults and calls for service involving weapons often require greater resources, including a larger officer response and more investigators. The EPS has pulled in resources from other investigative areas that remain stable or have seen decreases in workload in order to assist areas that are overtasked, such as Homicide Section.

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Police charge 13 year old in shooting death of 10 year old Central Alberta boy

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RCMP Major Crimes Unit lay Manslaughter charge against youth

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have laid a manslaughter charge against a 14-year-old youth from Maskwacis following a death which was reported on August 5, 2020.

At 4:00 a.m., Maskwacis RCMP received a 911 call about a gunshot in a residence. Responding members, with EMS, located a 10-year-old boy deceased in the home.  A youth who was present was taken into custody and the Major Crimes Unit was engaged to conduct the investigation.

Following an autopsy, the investigation led to a single charge of Manslaughter with a firearm was supported.  The youth will be appearing in court on September 2, 2020 in Wetaskiwin.  Neither the accused nor the victim will be named.

“Due to the nature of the circumstances surrounding this extremely tragic incident, including the delicate ages of the people involved, we won’t be providing further details” says Staff Sergeant Dwayne Moore, Acting Detachment Commander, Maskwacis RCMP.  “Our focus is to continue to support the family and the community overall, which has been extremely impacted.”

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