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Red Deer RCMP use drone to find assault suspect in wooded area

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Red Deer RCMP make arrest for uttering threats and assault with a weapon

On May 9thth 2024, Red Deer RCMP responded to a 911 call reporting a robbery with a knife.

At approximately 11:25 a.m., Red Deer RCMP received the 911 call which stated a male suspect had a knife and had threatened another person in the area of Riverside Drive. RCMP responded immediately, however the suspect had fled the scene and ran into a wooded area. Police Officers from General Duty, Traffic Section,  Downtown Patrol Unit (DPU), and Police Dog Services (PDS)  searched the area for the suspect. Red Deer RCMP were also able to utilize Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), commonly known as a drone, to assist in locating the suspect.

Austin Dampier, an 18-year-old resident of Red Deer, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Assault while choking
  • Uttering threats

Following a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Dampier was released by a Justice for the court on a Release Order. He is scheduled to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer on June 3rd, 2024.

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Red Deer RCMP arrest two individuals following ramming of police vehicle

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News release from Red Deer RCMP 

On April 26, 2024, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Red Deer RCMP received a report of a suspicious vehicle located in a parking lot on the north side of Red Deer. When members arrived, a traffic stop was attempted, but the suspect then rammed the officers police vehicle fifteen times. Following this, the two suspects attempted to flee on foot, but were quickly arrested.

Tia Kikoak (27), a resident of Red Deer, has been charged with fifteen offences including:

  • Assault on police officer with a weapon
  • Resist arrest
  • Dangerous operation
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm
  • Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Careless use of firearm
  • Operation while impaired
  • Fail to comply with release order x2

Jared Mcleod (30), a resident of Red Deer, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Unauthorized possession of firearm
  • Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Careless use of firearm
  • Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order
  • Possession for purpose of trafficking
  • Resist arrest
  • Possession of identity documents
  • Common nuisance

Following a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Kikoak and Mcleod were remanded into custody. They are scheduled to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer on May 1st, 2024.

If you have information regarding this incident please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2200. 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. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.

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Former senior financial advisor charged with embezzling millions from Red Deer area residents

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Former senior financial advisor charged for misappropriating nearly $5 million from clients

On April 4, 2024, the RCMP’s Provincial Financial Crime Team charged a Calgary resident for fraud-related offences after embezzling millions of dollars from his clients while serving as a senior financial advisor.

Following a thorough investigation, the accused is alleged to have fraudulently withdrawn funds from client accounts and deposited them into bank accounts he personally controlled. A total of sixteen victims were identified in the Red Deer area and suffered a combined loss of nearly $5 million.

Marc St. Pierre, 52, a resident of Calgary, was arrested and charged with:

  • Fraud over $5,000 contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code; and,
  • Theft over $5,000 contrary to section 344(a) of the Criminal Code.

St. Pierre is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on May 14, 2024.

“The ability for financial advisors to leverage their position to conduct frauds and investment scams represents a significant risk to the integrity of Alberta’s financial institutions. The investigation serves as an important reminder for all banking clients to regularly check their accounts for any suspicious activity and to report it to their bank’s fraud prevention team.”

  • Sgt. John Lamming, Provincial Financial Crime Team

The Provincial Financial Crime Team is a specialized unit that conducts investigations relating to multi-jurisdictional serious fraud, investments scams and corruption.

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