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Red Deer RCMP arrest numerous prolific offenders in targeted hot spots

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 Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP recent arrests include the arrests of numerous prolific offenders identified through Pinpoint, the Red Deer crime reduction strategy; a number of offenders were arrested in stolen vehicles while police were patrolling identified crime hot spots, and several arrests were thanks to the tracking abilities of Red Deer police dogs. More arrests came thanks to tips from the public regarding stolen vehicles and suspicious activity.

December 22 – 20171719974

Shortly before 1:30 am on December 22, RCMP located a stolen truck as it drove in north Red Deer. The truck fled from RCMP into the Pines neighbourhood where officers quickly located it abandoned in a nearby alley. Police Dog Services attended and tracked the suspect to the foyer of an apartment building on Patterson Crescent, where she was taken into custody without incident. The truck had been reported stolen out of Leduc on December 20.

A 29 year old woman faces charge of dangerous operation of motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while pursued by police, possession of stolen property and a number of traffic charges. Her name cannot be released at this time as those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

December 19 – 20171566703

On December 19, Red Deer RCMP located and arrested the second suspect in a personal robbery that took place the evening of November 18 when a man walking home through downtown Red Deer was assaulted by two men in an attempted robbery. RCMP arrested the first suspect on November 24, and identified the second suspect shortly afterward and issued a warrant for his arrest. RCMP located him at a residence at 10 am on December 19 while on a different call, and took him into custody without incident. 

James Mitchell was wanted on 10 outstanding warrants out of Medicine Hat at the time of his arrest. He faces the following charges regarding the Red Deer incident on November 18:

·         Criminal Code 344(1)(b) – Attempted rRobbery

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 2

Mitchell was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on December 19 and is scheduled to appear again on January 2 at 9:30 am.

December 16 – 20171696940

Shortly before midnight the night of December 16, RCMP on patrol in an area known for criminal activity located a stolen truck being driven by a female suspect. The truck fled police but RCMP located it nearby immediately thanks to a tip from the public, and arrested the woman without incident.

25 year old Madison Leigh Coutre was wanted on nine outstanding warrants at the time of her arrest for possession of stolen property (X 4), breach of probation (X 3), fail to attend court and fail to attend for fingerprinting. She now faces the following additional charges:

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions

·         Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation order

Coutre is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 4 at 9:30 am.

December 16 – 20171693373

Shortly after 8 am on December 16, RCMP were called to a store to arrest a shoplifter who had been detained by store security. The suspect resisted arrest and attempted to assault police; he was subdued and arrested without injury to himself or to the arresting officers. He was found to be wanted on three outstanding warrants out of Edmonton.

37 year old Gary Reginald Mills faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 270(1)(a) – Assault on police officer X 2

·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer

·         Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief under $5,000 X 2

Mills is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 11 at 9:30 am.

December 15 – 20171691786

Shortly after 9:30 pm on December 15, RCMP responded to a report of a theft of vehicle in progress in Northwood Estates after a man intercepted a suspect in the process of stealing his truck and detained him until police arrived. RCMP immediately responded and took a 37 year old man into custody without incident.

 37 year old Jason Romeo Denomme faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 333.1 – Theft of truck

·         Criminal Code 259(4) – Operate motor vehicle while disqualified

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance (methamphetamine)

Denomme was remanded to appear in court on December 20; he is scheduled to appear again on January 3 at 9:30 am. 

December 14 – 20171682155

 Shortly before 12:30 am on December 14, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Riverside Industrial area and attended immediately. On arrival they located a parked Dodge truck with no license plate, with a male behind the wheel. The driver rammed the police car and fled at high speeds through the Normandeau and Glendale neighbourhoods before coming to a stop, likely due to an engine malfunction. The driver attempted to flee police on foot and resisted arrest but was taken into custody without injury to himself or to police officers.

29 year old Jesse Joseph Cecka faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer

·         Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle

·         Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Operate motor vehicle while pursued by police

·         Criminal Code 252(1)(b) – Fail to stop at scene

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions

·         Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief under $5,000

Cecka is scheduled to appear in court on January 5 at 9:30 am.

December 14 – 20171682444/ 20171682047

At 4 am on December 14, RCMP on patrol in an area known for criminal activity located a suspicious truck that fled police. RCMP didn’t pursue the truck but other police officers moved to intercept it as it fled and located it abandoned shortly afterward. Police Dog Services attended and tracked both suspects, who were taken into custody without incident. The female driver was arrested for possession of stolen property and the male passenger was arrested for a file earlier the same night where he was seen by police in a stolen vehicle and fled police on foot.

24 year old Derica Patricia Mercer faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 56.1 – Illegal possession or trafficking in government documents

·         Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle

·         Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Operate motor vehicle while pursued by police

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 2

·         TSA 51(a) – Drive without operator’s license

·         TSA 52(1)(a) – Drive without registration

·         TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive without insurance

Mercer was scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on December 21 and did not appear; her charges have now gone to warrant status.

The 32 year old male passenger faces a charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and a traffic charge. His name cannot be released at this time as those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

December 14 – 20171386449

In the early morning of December 14, RCMP located a woman who was wanted on a number of outstanding warrants after she failed to appear in court in Red Deer in November regarding the theft of two purses from two Red Deer fitness facilities in October and her subsequent use of one of the credit cards to purchase almost $1,000 in prepaid Visa cards.

At the time of her arrest on December 14, 27 year old Brittany Danielle Aebly was wanted on outstanding warrants for other files, as well, including possession for the purpose of trafficking (X 2), careless use of a firearm (X 4), possession of a firearm (X 4), possession of a weapon dangerous to the public (X 4), all out of Red Deer, and three warrants out of Grande Prairie for theft (X 2) and possession of counterfeit currency.

She also faces the following charges regarding the purse theft:

·         Criminal Code 342(1)(a) – Theft, forgery, misuse of credit card

·         Criminal Code 334(b) – Other theft under $5,000 X 3

·         Criminal Code 145(2)(a) – Fail to attend court X 2

Aebly is scheduled to appear in court on January 9, 2018 at 9:30 am. 

December 11 – 20171671413

At 4 pm on December 11, RCMP received several reports of a suspicious vehicle in the downtown and determined the truck had been reported stolen out of Red Deer earlier the same day. RCMP located the truck and executed a traffic stop after it pulled into a parking lot in West Park. The male driver and female passenger were arrested without incident; the female passenger was later released without charge. In the truck, RCMP located a large collection of tools that had been reported stolen in a commercial break and enter earlier the same day and were estimated to be worth $15,000. Those tools were returned to their owner. Police also seized several sets of vehicle keys that had been reported stolen.

41 year old Aaron James Campbell faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000 X 3

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions

·         TSA 94(2) – Drive while unauthorized

·         TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive without insurance

Campbell is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 10 at 9:30 am.

December 5 – 20171643061

At 1 pm on December 5, RCMP on patrol in an area known for criminal activity located a stolen car being driven by a female suspect. RCMP tracked the vehicle at a distance until it was parked and the driver had exited the car, then arrested her without incident. RCMP seized fentanyl and meth in quantities and packaging that indicated trafficking, and seized smaller amounts of heroin and ecstasy. The car had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on November 3 after it was left running and unlocked. 

22 year old Reanne Brodersen faces the following charges:

·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000

·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession of Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking X 2 (fentanyl, methamphetamine)

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance (heroin)

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule III substance (ecstasy)

Brodersen is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on January 18, 2018 at 9:30 am.

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Alberta spiritual community leader charged with four counts of sexual assault

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Edmonton – A self-styled spiritual leader has been charged with four counts of sexual assault stemming from separate occasions between 2017 and 2020.

Police say Johannes de Ruiter, the leader of an Edmonton group known as the College of Integrated Philosophy or the Oasis Group, was arrested Saturday.

Edmonton police allege that de Ruiter, who is 63, would tell certain female members that he was directed by a spirit to engage in sexual activity with them, and that doing so would provide them with the opportunity to achieve spiritual enlightenment.

The group operated out of a building in an industrial area in northwest Edmonton from 2007 to 2021.

Before his arrest, de Ruiter was holding meetings at an office building in St. Albert, Alta., and would host spiritual retreats out of a campground near Smith, Alta., a hamlet more than 200 kilometres north of Edmonton.

Police say in a news release that investigators believe there may be additional victims and are encouraging them to come forward to police.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2023.

 

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LA mass shooting suspect kills 10 near Lunar New Year fest

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By Andrew Dalton in Monterey Park

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A gunman killed 10 people and wounded 10 others at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration, setting off a manhunt for the suspect in the fifth mass killing in the U.S. this month.

Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that the wounded were taken to hospitals and their conditions range from stable to critical. He said the 10 people died at the scene in the city of Monterey Park.

Meyer said people were “pouring out of the location screaming” when officers arrived at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He said officers then went into the ballroom and found victims as firefighters treated the wounded.

Meyer gave no description of the male suspect or the weapon he used, or why police gave no information on the shooting for hours while the shooter remained on the run. He also said police were investigating another incident in the nearby city of Alhambra to see whether it was connected.

Meyer said it’s too early in the investigation to know if the gunman knew anyone at the ballroom or if whether it was a hate crime.

The Lunar New Year celebration had attracted thousands.

Monterey Park is a city of about 60,000 people that sits at the eastern edge of Los Angeles. The majority of its residents are Asian immigrants or their descendants, most of them Chinese. The dance studio in downtown Monterey Park is just a few blocks from city hall on its main thoroughfare of Garvey Avenue, which is dotted with strip malls that are full of small businesses whose signs are in both English and Chinese. Cantonese and Mandarin are both widely spoken, Chinese holidays are celebrated, and Chinese films are screened in the city.

The tragedy marked not just the fifth mass killing in the U.S. since the start of the year but also is the deadliest since May 24, 2022 – when 21 people were killed in a school in Uvalde, Texas, according to The Associated Press/USA Today database on mass killings in the U.S. The latest violence comes two months after five people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.

Seung Won Choi, who owns the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting happened, told The Los Angeles Times that three people rushed into his business and told him to lock the door.

The people said to Choi that there was a shooter with a gun who had multiple rounds of ammunition on him.

Wong Wei, who lives nearby, told The Los Angeles Times that his friend was in a bathroom at the dance club that night when the shooting started. When she came out, he said, she saw a gunman and three bodies.

The friend then fled to Wei’s home at around 11 p.m., he said, adding that his friends told him that the shooter appeared to fire indiscriminately with a long gun.

The celebration in Monterey Park is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California. Two days of festivities were planned but officials canceled Sunday’s events following the shooting.

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Associated Press writer Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.

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