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Drumheller RCMP / Major Crimes Unit Lay Further Charges in Homicide

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Drumheller, Alberta – The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have arrested and charged a youth as a result of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Fazal Rehman, whose body was discovered south of Morrin on October 16, 2017.

In late October, Dylan Donald Howard of Munson was arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder.  He remains in custody pending his trial.

The Major Crimes Unit from Calgary maintained carriage of this investigation and continued to investigate in partnership with other RCMP specialized units.  On June 5th 2017, a 16-year-old female was arrested and charged with Accessory after the Fact of Murder and Attempting Obstruction of Justice.  The female, who cannot be named according to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is scheduled to appear in Provincial court in Calgary this morning at 9:30.

The RCMP will not be commenting further as the mater is now before the courts.

 

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UPDATE #1

October 27, 2017

Drumheller RCMP charge man with first degree murder

Drumheller, Alberta –  Investigators arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday for the murder of Fazal Rehman (36), whose body had been discovered at the scene of a burning vehicle in a rural area south of the village of Morrin on Monday, October 16, 2017.

The police investigation into the incident confirmed the identity of the deceased man is Fazal Rehman, of Calgary, who was known also by the name of Afzad Rehman.

An autopsy was completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Calgary on Thursday, October 19 and based upon its findings, as well as evidence gathered from the scene, the RCMP committed several specialized resources to the homicide investigation including its Major Crimes Unit (MCU) from Calgary, Forensic Identification Section (FIS), Auto Theft Section and Police Dog Services (PDS).

Yesterday, Dylan Donald Howard (20) of Munson, Alberta was arrested without incident in Airdrie.  Mr. Howard has been charged with one count of first degree murder and will appear in Provincial Court in Drumheller on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Morrin is approximately 263 kilometres south east of Edmonton and 161 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

Additional information will not be released at this time as the matter is now before the courts, however, should new details arise an updated media release will be issued.

 

 

Original News Release

October 17, 2017

Drumheller RCMP investigate human remains

Drumheller, Alberta – On Monday, October 16, at approximately 8:00 a.m., members of the Drumheller RCMP Detachment responded to a report of a burning vehicle in a rural area south of the village of Morrin, Alberta.  Firefighters from Morrin attended and extinguished the flames.  Human remains were discovered at the scene.

Members of the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) have assumed carriage of the investigation with assistance from the Drumheller RCMP Detachment and specialized units such as the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS) and its Auto Theft Unit from Calgary.

The investigation is ongoing and the last known registered owner of the vehicle has been located and has been spoken to by police.  An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Calgary.

Morrin is approximately 263 kilometres south east of Edmonton and 161 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

The RCMP requests that anyone with information about this case to call the Drumheller RCMP Detachment.  In the event that callers wish to remain anonymous, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Male suspect involved in tragic incident between Beaumont and Edmonton sought by police; EPS release photos of suspect

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News release from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS)

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is assisting the RCMP with the investigation into a tragic incident that claimed the life of an innocent woman last night on 50 Street.

Yesterday, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:40 p.m. various EPS resources were deployed to the area of 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW at the request of the RCMP. It was reported to police that RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspicious U-Haul in Beaumont, when the vehicle fled. The U-Haul subsequently travelled north on 50 Street into Edmonton, where it struck and killed a woman inspecting the exterior of her vehicle. Moments later the U-Haul came to rest just outside a gas station off of 22 Avenue and 50 Street.

After crashing the U-Haul, the male suspect then reportedly stole a Honda Civic that was parked outside the gas station with a child inside. Police did consider an Alert to the public at the time, though thankfully the child was located unharmed in the area of 66 Street and 25 Avenue minutes later. The suspect then fled the scene in the Honda Civic. The stolen vehicle has since been recovered outside of Edmonton.

The EPS and RCMP continue to actively seek the identity and whereabouts of the male suspect described as being approximately 5’11” who was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes. CCTV photos of the suspect are included below.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the tragic death of the innocent woman who was killed on 50 Street,” says Det. Nigel Phillips with the EPS Investigative Response Team. “Our hearts are with her family and friends who will now have to carry on with this unfathomable loss.”

“We are doing everything we can to track down the suspect and we trust the public will help us identify and locate him as soon as possible.”

Assist to identify and locate: Male suspect running in area of 50 Street & 22 Avenue SW
While the RCMP is leading this investigation, the EPS is assisting and working collaboratively with its law enforcement partners.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity and/or their whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Suspect in stolen vehicle kills one and seriously injures another in wild chase

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News release from Beaumont RCMP

Beaumont RCMP seeking public assistance in locating suspect in fatal collision

On Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Beaumont RCMP located a person suspected of theft, in a parked 15-foot cube moving truck, at a business on 50 Street in Beaumont. When members approached the truck and attempted an arrest, one male driver and one female passenger rammed into a police vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Patrols were initiated to find the truck and, a short time later, it was observed on 50 Street and Highway 814 in Beaumont at a high rate of speed.

Meanwhile, Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS) Air One Helicopter was notified and provided its location to RCMP members. Multiple surrounding RCMP detachments, including Leduc and Strathcona, responded to assist. As the truck was driving into Edmonton, a tire deflation device was deployed by RCMP, disabling multiple civilian vehicles. Consequently, an adult female exited one of the civilian vehicles and was fatally struck by the suspect truck. The truck failed to stop and continued driving into Edmonton.

The suspect vehicle then collided with another civilian vehicle, leaving an adult male in serious non-life-threatening condition. The truck was located at 50 Street and 22 Avenue in Southwest Edmonton.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the truck, an adult male, then proceeded to steal a parked 2020 Honda Civic at a nearby convenience store. This vehicle contained a child who was safely recovered and reunited with his family a short time later. The male suspect has yet to be located.

No other members of the public or officers were injured during this incident.

“On behalf of the RCMP, I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family members of the victim,” said Superintendent Leanne MacMillian, Assistant Central Alberta District Officer. “This is a devastating incident that will leave a mark on family and friends for years to come. Please understand that you will be in our thoughts as we progress through this investigation.”

In compliance with legislative requirements, the Director of Law Enforcement was immediately notified causing the deployment of ASIRT to conduct an independent investigation. The RCMP believes in accountability and transparency and in so doing will provide full support to the ASIRT investigators and also conduct its own internal review.  Events like this are difficult for the communities in which they occur, as well as the general public and RCMP officers involved. RCMP officers recognize the trust placed in them to use force that is necessary, proportional and reasonable and in so doing remain fully accountable.

The RCMP are actively investigating this occurrence and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen, dark grey 4-door Honda Civic with Alberta license place E98-099. The vehicle was stolen by a male suspect described as being approximately 5’11’’ and was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes.

If you have any information about this crime or those responsible, you are asked to contact the Beaumont RCMP at 780-929-7400. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1‐800‐222‐8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

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