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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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Update: RCMP charge 3 youth with weapon possession after incident at Red Deer Middle School

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Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School – Update Charges laid

Following an investigation into a threat at Eastview Middle School, RCMP have now laid charges against three youth.

On June 11, two of three suspects were apprehended by the RCMP and a third suspect was not immediately located.  On June 12 in the evening, the third youth involved cooperated with RCMP by turning himself in.

All three youths, aged 15, 16, 17, are facing charges of possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon under the criminal code, as well as disturb or interrupt proceedings of a school under the School Act.  The three are scheduled to appear in youth court on June 27, 2019 in Red Deer Provincial Court. 

No further information will be made available in relation to this incident.

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ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE FROM RCMP: Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School

On June 11, 2019, at approximately 3:22 p.m. Red Deer RCMP responded to a call at Eastview Middle School after three male youth entered the school with a possible firearm.  

Eastview Middle School, along with surrounding schools, were put into lockdown as a result. 

There were no injuries as a result of this incident.   

RCMP cleared the building and the suspects fled. Two of the three suspects have been apprehended and charged with firearms related offences. RCMP continue to search for the remaining suspect. 

A replica firearm was later located. 

RCMP continue to investigate this incident and are asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information about this investigation, please call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, or your local police detachment. 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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RCMP nab Red Deer driver doing 112 km/h on 30th Avenue

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From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP stop driver travelling at extreme speed

Red Deer, Alta. – On June 8, 2019, Red Deer RCMP caught a driver travelling 112 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.  

In response to community complaints, Red Deer RCMP were conducting speed enforcement on 30 Avenue near 55 Street when they observed the driver driving at a high rate of speed at approximately 9:30 p.m. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was unable to provide valid proof of insurance, or valid drivers licence. As a result of the offences, the male driver has been summoned to court to appear before a judge.

Four other vehicles were stopped for speeding at the same location and issued violation tickets. 

“Citizens making the reckless decision to travel at such extreme speeds pose a serious risk the public.”  said Sergeant Mike Zufferli with the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit. “These extreme speeds show a wanton disregard for the safety of others, and we continue to work everyday to address it, through enforcement and education.” 

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