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Beaumont RCMP searching for wanted male, believed to be dangerous – Update – Arrested 

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Nov. 25, 2020

Beaumont RCMP searching for wanted male, believed to be dangerous – Update – Arrested 

Beaumont, Alta. – The Beaumont RCMP have arrested Dillon Taylor (29) and are no longer seeking public assistance to locate him.

 

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Nov. 23, 2020

Beaumont RCMP searching for wanted male, believed to be dangerous

Beaumont, Alta. – The Beaumont RCMP are seeking public assistance to locate Dillon Taylor (29). Taylor currently has multiple warrants for his arrest which include 18 outstanding charges including uttering threats, criminal harassment and obstructing a police officer.

Dillon Taylor is believed to armed and dangerous and should not be approached by members of the public. He is known to frequent the Beaumont and Edmonton areas.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact the Beaumont RCMP at 780-929-7410. 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.

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Alberta’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit working on record number of cases

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ICE responds to surge in record number of case files

ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit has begun the new year with a number of arrests across Alberta. Twenty-four suspects have been charged with 60 offences related to the online sexual exploitation of children.

After receiving a record number of case referrals in 2020, ICE has been collaborating with its policing partners across the province to make arrests. Last year, ICE experienced nearly a 40% increase in its number of case referrals with over 2,100 intakes.

  • 2020-21 – 2,136;
  • 2019-20 – 1,555;
  • 2018-19 – 1,237;
  • 2017-18 – 903;
  • 2016-17 – 894;
  • 2015-16 – 749.

“This is a concerning consequence of our digital dependency during the pandemic. ALERT has responded by directing more tools and resources to our ICE units and we are prepared to travel to every corner of the province in order to stop child sex predators,” said ALERT CEO Supt. Dwayne Lakusta.

“The sexual exploitation of children is a crime that tears at the fabric of society and preys on our most vulnerable. Increased provincial funding is enabling ALERT to double the size of its ICE unit, ensuring it has the tools and resources to track down predators who commit these heinous acts and bring them to justice,” said Hon. Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

With new provincial funding, ALERT has sought to double the size of the ICE unit with the addition of investigators, forensic technicians, analysts, and disclosure clerks, along with new technologies and software applications. With now more than 50 positions, Alberta’s ICE unit is one of the largest of its kind in Canada.

Between January 1 and March 31, 2021, ICE arrested 24 suspects. There is no definitive link between the suspects other than the nature of offences allegedly committed.

The arrests came as the result of investigative referrals from the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, which works with internet and social media providers to track and investigate online instances of child sexual exploitation.

Each of the suspects was charged with at least one child pornography offence:

  • Michael Antonio, 25-year-old man from Calgary;
  • Curt Backlund, 48-year-old man from Grande Prairie;
  • Brad Bailey, 19-year-old man from Marlboro;
  • Brett Beer, 54-year-old man from Onoway;
  • Eric Bultmann, 30-year-old man from Calgary;
  • Kevin Dykstra, 35-year-old man from Barrhead;
  • Brian Harrison, 35-year-old man from Calgary;
  • Jeremy Henderson, 42-year-old man from Okotoks;
  • Bryan Hillman, 39-year-old man from Calgary;
  • Christopher Hoffner, 34-year-old man from Medicine Hat;
  • James Kydd, 39-year-old man from Calgary;
  • Mica LePage, 44-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Jordan MacDonald, 30-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Cris Marshall, 29-year-old man from Stettler;
  • Stedson McDonald, 32-year-old man from Grande Prairie;
  • James Merrison, 21-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Traline Munn, 44-year-old man from Cold Lake;
  • Krishnamoort Nalla Naidu, 38-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Van Linh Nguyen, 24-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Ivan Scott, 47-year-old man from Cochrane;
  • Jerry Lee Thompson, 47-year-old from Fort MacLeod;
  • Hunter Tonneson, 20-year-old man from Blackfalds;
  • Chase Viau, 23-year-old man from Edmonton; and
  • Richard Westland, 45-year-old man from Medicine Hat.

During the investigations, ICE relied upon the assistance of a number of partner agencies, including: Calgary Police, Edmonton Police, Lethbridge Police, Medicine Hat Police, and RCMP detachments in Barrhead, Beaverlodge, Blackfalds, Cochrane, Edson, Fort MacLeod, Grande Prairie, Onoway, Okotoks, Slave Lake, Stettler, and Wood Buffalo.

Anyone with information about these investigations, or any child exploitation offence is encouraged to contact local police or cybertip.ca.

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EPS investigation leads to arrest of Edmonton man for firearms and fraud offences

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Month-long firearms investigation culminates with the arrest of 23-year-old Edmonton man

The Edmonton Police Service has arrested and charged a 23-year-old Edmonton man with multiple firearm and fraud-related offences in connection to a month-long investigation.

EPS Crime Suppression Team 3 (CST) began investigating a male suspect in relation to several attempted illegal firearm purchases throughout Alberta. Investigators learned the suspect was fraudulently using another individual’s Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) in repeated attempts to purchase restricted handguns and shotguns online from legal gun owners across Alberta.

Investigators eventually tracked the suspect to a downtown Edmonton residence near 102 Avenue and 117 Street. At approximately 4 p.m., on Friday, April 9, 2021, EPS Tactical Unit members executed a search warrant at the residence and seized several weapons and ammunition including a loaded semi-automatic 9mm rifle, .455 revolver, 200 rounds of 9mm and .455 ammunition, loaded magazines, a holster and magazine pouch, a stun baton, phones and computers.

Tevon Paul Simpson, 23, of Edmonton, is facing multiple counts of firearm and fraud-related charges including:

  • Unsafe Storage of a Firearm (x2)
  • Possession of a Firearm Knowing Unauthorized (x2)
  • Possession of a Restricted Device (x2)
  • Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm (x2)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm while Prohibited (x5)
  • Uttering a Forged Document (x3)
  • Identity Fraud (x4)
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