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EPS warns public about series of violent incidents around online selling

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Police seeing rash of ‘letgo’ robberies

December 5th, 2019

The Edmonton Police Service is alerting citizens to a reported series of violent robberies and carjackings occurring primarily at online buy-and-sell meetups.

Since October 8, police have responded to nine reports of meetups that ended in robberies or carjackings, the majority of which have occurred in the last two weeks. The suspects respond to sellers’ ads on letgo.com and arrange to meet and purchase the items for sale, in some cases threatening the sellers with a firearm or spraying them with pepper spray before robbing them of the electronics or vehicle being offered for sale.

In one instance that occurred on December 3 at approximately 1 p.m., a seller who was trying to sell a vehicle arranged to meet the suspects at his home in the Baturyn neighbourhood. After being given the keys for a test drive, the two male suspects stole the vehicle, dragging the seller for approximately 150 metres. He was uninjured.

In a few cases, the suspects posed as sellers, advertising items for sale on letgo, then robbing potential buyers at the meeting location.

The suspects are described as black males between the ages of 15 and 17, operating in groups of two or more. Investigators believe the crime series is attributable to a group of youths who are known to police. One 17-year-old male, who cannot be named due to his age, was arrested and charged with robbery with a weapon (x5), possess dangerous weapon (x2), and breach of recognizance, and has since been released on bail. A second suspect has been identified, and charges are pending.

“We want to remind citizens to use caution when meeting up with strangers. Arrange to meet in a safe, visible and public location, not at your home or in your vehicle, and bring another person with you,” says Det. Calvin Mah, EPS Northeast Division. “We also recommend that if the person has a profile photo, ask if they are the person depicted in that image, or ask for a photo or description. If the person who shows up at the meeting point does not match the person depicted, leave immediately. Above all, pay attention to your instincts. If something feels off at any point, abandon the sale.”

For more tips to prepare for a safer online buy-and-sell experience, visit the EPS website.

Anyone with information about this crime or the suspects is asked to contact the EPS 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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Police fire shots this morning while chasing B&E suspects – ASIRT Investigating

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ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting

January 13, 2020

At approximately 4:10 a.m. this morning, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, two Northeast Division officers came upon a break and enter in progress at a gas station in the area of Range Road 244 and Hwy 37. When members challenged the suspects, contact between the suspect and EPS vehicles occurred, resulting in EPS members discharging their firearms.

A criminal flight ensued, which led the officers to the area of 25005 Sturgeon Road. A second vehicle contact occurred, at which point the officers again discharged their firearms.

One male sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and transported to hospital. Three other suspects were taken into custody.

No EPS officers were harmed during this incident.

The EPS will not be providing further comment, as the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has since taken the lead in this investigation.

 

 

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Suspect arrested in December 3 homicide

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Suspect arrested in December 3 homicide

For Immediate Release: 13-Jan-2020 @ 9:39 AM

The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section has arrested a 31-year-old male in connection with the shooting death of a man in central Edmonton in early December.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, Michael Tyrel Arnold, 31, was arrested without incident at a residence in central Edmonton. Arnold was wanted in relation to the shooting death of 45-year-old Arthur Charles Edward Beauchamp on Dec. 3, 2019.

Arnold is charged with second degree murder and breach of firearms prohibition order (x3).

Police are not looking for additional suspects in relation to this homicide

Background           

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 just after 10 a.m., Downtown Division patrol members responded to a 911 call regarding a family dispute at an apartment building near 103 Avenue and 115 Street.

Upon arrival, police and paramedics discovered Beauchamp in medical distress outside the apartment complex.
Paramedics treated and transported him to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

On Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, autopsy results confirmed Beauchamp died from a gun-shot wound, and the manner of death was homicide.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, the EPS issued a request for public assistance in locating Michael Tyrel Arnold, 31 in connection with the homicide.

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