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Brooks RCMP Investigate Serious Assault

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Duchess, Alberta – The Brooks RCMP are investigating a serious assault which occurred just before 2:00 a.m. this morning.  The assault caused one man to be transported to a Calgary hospital, with what were life threatening injuries.

The RCMP responded to a 911 call from a residence on Railway Avenue in Duchess.  It was reported that two male suspects were attempting to steal a truck and when confronted by a bystander, assaulted the male. The two males then fled in a vehicle.

RCMP arrived to find a 32-year-old male victim in medical distress and suffering from life threatening injuries.  He was transported to a Calgary hospital where he is now deemed to be in stable condition.

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit, RCMP Forensic Identification Unit, Brooks RCMP General Investigation Section, and several Brooks RCMP members have been engaged in the investigation.   Extensive patrols were made to try to locate the vehicle, but it was not located.  No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Brooks RCMP at 403-362-5535, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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$5.3 million worth of cocaine seized at Coutts. 25 year old Calgary man arrested

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News release from the Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET)

Integrated Border Enforcement Team lays charges for drug importation

Coutts, Alta. – The Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), a joint force operation between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Calgary Police Service (CPS), has charged a man for importing cocaine into Canada.

On Nov. 21, 2022, CBSA officers discovered and seized 53 kg of cocaine following a secondary examination of a commercial transport vehicle at the Coutts border crossing. The drugs, which has a street value of approximately $5.3 million, were hidden within a shipment of produce and have been referred over to IBET for further investigation.

On Nov. 22, 2022, Jagroop Singh, 25, a resident of Calgary, was charged with the following offences:

  • Importation of a Controlled Substance contrary to section 6(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and,
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to section 5(2) of theControlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Singh is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Nov. 29, 2022.

“I cannot overstate the contributions of each law enforcement partner represented in IBET. Together, we successfully prevented harmful drugs from entering Canada and harming our communities.”

–       Supt. Sean Boser, OIC of Federal Policing – Calgary

“The safety and security of Canadians is our government’s top priority. By stopping illegal drugs at the border, we’re keeping our communities safe. This seizure is another great example of the ongoing cooperation between the CBSA, the RCMP and the Calgary Police Service in securing our borders.”

–       Brad Wozny, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency

“Anytime a significant seizure like this is taken off our streets is a win for the communities we all work in partnership to protect.”

–       Acting Supt. Melanie Oncescu, CPS Criminal Operations and Intelligence

IBET’s mandate is to enhance border integrity and security along the shared border, between designated ports of entry, by identifying, investigating and interdicting persons, organizations and goods that are involved in criminal activities.

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Manitoba RCMP say woman and child safe after alleged “random kidnapping”

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Winnipeg –  A Manitoba woman and her two-year-old daughter are safe after stopping to help a man who was allegedly pretending to need help on the side of a road but who then jumped into their vehicle and demanded to be driven to Winnipeg, RCMP said Saturday.

Cpl. Julie Courchaine told a news conference that police were first called to a hotel parking lot in Portage la Prairie, west of Winnipeg, on Friday afternoon for a report of a man in a van who was acting erratically and possibly taking drugs.

Courchaine said police spoke with the man briefly before he put the van in gear, rammed a police vehicle, drove towards officers, and then rammed the police vehicle again before taking off.

A chase had to be abandoned when the van, which was allegedly stolen from Winnipeg, drove into oncoming traffic on Highway 1, Courchaine said.

Not long after, a 911 call came in from a person living just east of Portage la Prairie. The call got disconnected.

“But a male and a female voice could be heard before the phone went silent,” Courchaine said.

Courchaine said the woman also managed to call her husband. He, too, called 911. Investigators spoke with him and also found the van abandoned, and they put the separate pieces together.

“She was driving in the area, saw this male in distress on the side of the road, pulled over to assist him, at which point he jumps in. She was able to make a call to her husband as well as that 911 call to us,” Courchaine explained.

Investigators believed they were travelling to Winnipeg and Courchaine said police were in the process of issuing an Amber Alert when the woman called to say the man had fled the vehicle and she and her daughter were safe in Winnipeg’s Polo Park neighbourhood.

Courchaine said the woman did not know the suspect. Neither the woman nor the child were physically hurt, she said, and no weapons were used.

The suspect was known to RCMP, she said.

“This was an extremely difficult situation and we would like to acknowledge the victim, who did everything she could to keep herself and her child safe,” Courchaine said.

Police are now looking for Michael Stephen Klimchuk, 62, from Winnipeg,  who is wanted on two charges of kidnapping, two charges of forcible confinement, abduction of a person under 14, three charges of assault with a weapon on a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Klimchuk is five-foot-eight-inches tall, weighs approximately 220 pounds, has blue eyes, long brown hair, and was last seen wearing a camo jacket and light-coloured pants.

Courchaine said he’s not believed to pose an imminent threat, but anyone who sees him or knows where he is should contact police immediately.

RCMP in Manitoba had tweeted a surveillance camera image of the suspect Friday night who they said they were trying to identify in connection with “a serious incident near Portage la Prairie,” but there was no mention of the alleged kidnapping.

When asked about the delay in releasing the information, Courchaine told the news conference it took time for police to connect the various elements.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2022.

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