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Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit arrest five with assistance from eyes in the sky

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  • East District, Alberta – On Oct. 9, 2018, RCMP members from the Elk Point Detachment, Cold Lake, Bonnyville Detachments along with Cold Lake Police Dog Services (PDS), and the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) were involved in a pursuit that spanned through Fishing Lake, Frog Lake, Bonnyville County, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, and briefly into Saskatchewan. RCMP Air Services were also utilized which was crucial in bringing the pursuit to an end without injuries.

    “All RCMP members involved in this incident used teamwork and co-ordination to bring a safe resolution to the pursuit,” says Constable Guillaume Wilson (EADRCRU).  “They demonstrated a high level of professionalism despite the dangers they faced and the intensity of the situation.”

    This incident started on the morning of Oct. 9, 2018 when multiple detachments conducted a joint operation to apprehend a male wanted on several outstanding warrants for serious offences. While in Fishing Lake, police believed they spotted the male inside a vehicle that failed to stop for police and fled at high speed. A pursuit was initiated which went through Fishing Lake, Frog Lake, a section of Bonnyville County, and into the Elizabeth Metis Settlement. Once inside the Elizabeth Metis Settlement, the suspect vehicle was able to evade police after striking the windshield of a police vehicle with a metal pipe.

    Police believed the suspect vehicle was hiding in an area along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and were able to contain this area with the help of the Saskatchewan RCMP until Alberta RCMP Air Services could arrive.

    “Many people believe that crossing provincial lines will force us to cease efforts to apprehend them, but this is certainly not the case” says Constable Guillaume Wilson. “We are Canada’s police force and provincial borders will not prevent us from stopping criminals and keeping Canadians safe.”

    Air Services located the suspect vehicle in a trail system along the Alberta/ Saskatchewan border and police vehicles on the ground quickly surrounded the area. This led to members successfully deflating one of the fleeing vehicle’s tires with a spike belt. Following this, EADRCRU and Cold Lake PDS re-engaged the suspect vehicle in a pursuit which led them through the Elizabeth Metis Settlement again until the fleeing vehicle was no longer able to continue and its occupants fled on foot.

    All occupants were quickly arrested and taken into custody without incident. The vehicle used in this incident was later confirmed to be stolen.

    Desmond Spence (18) and Cody Spence (19) of Edmonton were charged with multiple Criminal Code offences which include:

    • Assault on a police officer with a weapon
    • Flight from police
    • Resisting a peace officer
    • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
    • Failing to comply with a probation order

    Both were remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and are scheduled to appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court via CCTV on Oct. 15, 2018.

    A 16-year-old male from Cold Lake, a 17-year-old female from Frog Lake, and a 14-year-old female from Elizabeth Metis Settlement, all of whom cannot be named due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act were charged with multiple Criminal Code offences which include:

    • Assault on a police officer with a weapon
    • Resisting a peace officer
    • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
    • Flight from police

    The 16-year-old male and 14-year-old female are also facing charges for failing to comply with conditions.

    All youth were released on conditions after a judicial hearing and are scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Oct. 24, 2018.

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    Police make significant arrests stemming from long weekend crime spree

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  • May 24, 2019

    Central Area District RCMP make significant arrests from long weekend incidents

    Red Deer, Alta. – “Multiple members across various jurisdictions were involved with this dangerous crime spree,” says S/Sgt Mark Groves Central Alberta District RCMP. “Policing efforts do not have borders, nor do crimes so we will continue to pursue these repeat offenders throughout the province of Alberta.” 

    Central Area District (CAD) RCMP are laying over 40 charges against 4 people stemming from multiple incidents that primarily took place in the Red Deer and Sylvan Lake, Alta. area during the Victoria Day long weekend. These approximately 30 occurrences involved serious risk to police and public as firearms were involved in the commission of these crimes.

    On May 16, 2019, at 4:30 a.m., a stolen truck was involved in multiple break and enters with the use of discharging firearms to gain entry.

    On May 17, 2019, at 1:30 a.m., Rimbey RCMP were dispatched to a residential break and enter in progress at which a firearm was produced. The suspects fled the scene in a stolen truck. At approximately 2 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP located the truck near Bentley, Alta. traveling at a high rate of speed.  The suspect vehicle ultimately took a dead end township road and entered a ditch.  An unknown number of people fled from the vehicle into a wooded area, and one female was arrested. 

    The stolen truck from the previous morning’s incidents arrives in the area and swerved at RCMP members who were trying to deploy a tire deflation device. The fleeing individual(s) jumped into the white truck and RCMP members pursued. The pursuit continued through the Town of Sylvan Lake where firearms from the truck were discharged multiple times at police. During the pursuit, a female fell from the truck and was arrested without incident. The truck was located unoccupied a short distance away, having collided with a parked vehicle.  A loaded firearm was recovered from the vehicle.

    On May 19, 2019, at 1:30 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a 911 call of a break and enter in progress in the Sylvan Lake industrial area., Sylvan Lake, Red Deer RCMP, along with the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Police Dog Services made contact with a suspect vehicle which swerved at members. An officer discharged their firearm at the vehicle, but no one in the vehicle was injured. A second suspect vehicle, a truck stolen from the industrial property, fled through fencing and was immediately pursued by ERT. The vehicle stopped a short time later, due to mechanical failure, and a male was arrested without incident. 

    On May 21, 2019, at around 2:45 p.m., a male suspect was taken into custody without incident after he was arrested driving a stolen car. 

    Danelle Rickett (32) of no fixed address has been charged with:

    ·         Possession of stolen property over $5,000 

    ·         Possession of stolen property under $5,000 

    ·         Joyriding 

    Rickett was released from custody after a judicial hearing with conditions, and will appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on May 29, 2019.

    Samantha Johnston (29) of Red Deer has been charged with:

    ·         Possession of stolen property over $5,000 

    ·         Possession for the purpose of trafficking 

    ·         Breach of recognizance (x4) 

    Johnston has been remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on May 30, 2019.

    Tyler Harris (23) of Red Deer has been charged with:

    ·         Break and enter of a business (x2)

    ·         Disguise with intent

    ·         Breach of recognizance (x4) 

    ·         Flight from police

    Harris has been remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 12, 2019.

    Zacharias Paradoski, of the Red Deer has been charged with 39 offences, some of which include:

    ·         Using a firearm in the commission of an offence

    ·         Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

    ·         Break and Enter 

    ·         Discharging a firearm

    ·         Possession of break and enter instruments

    ·         Disguise with intent

    Paradoski was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 5, 2019.

    No RCMP members were injured during any of these incidents.

    As this matter is now before the courts no further details will be provided.

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    Someone stole this police vehicle!

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  • From Didsbury RCMP

    Didsbury RCMP investigate theft of police vehicle 

    On May 20, 2019 at approximately 5:43 a.m., Didsbury RCMP responded to a call of break, enter and theft of motor vehicles at the Carstairs Ford Dealership in Carstairs, Alta. 

    Sometime in the early morning of May 20, 2019, unknown suspects broke into the dealership and stole two vehicles. A 2014 black Ford Mustang was stolen but has since been recovered. 

    The other vehicle was an unmarked police vehicle described as a 2016 silver Ford Explorer with Alberta license plate BYE 826. Some items from the vehicle have been recovered by Red Deer RCMP and Edmonton Police Service but still outstanding are:

    ·         Duty belt and handcuffs

    ·         RCMP uniform including pants, shirt, jacket and hat

    ·         Portable radio

    Didsbury RCMP encourage any members of the public who have information in relation to this incident or any other crimes to contact the Didsbury RCMP Detachment at 403-335-3381 or your local police. If you 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.”

    Didsbury RCMP would also like to remind the public that all police officers conducting a traffic stop or arrest will have proper police identification that can be verified with a call to 911.

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