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Rocky Mountain House RCMP seek public assistance to locate wanted male

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Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating a male wanted in a violent home invasion on December 26, 2017.

Keehoo Rick Cardinal, age 35, of no fixed address has been charged with Robbery, Break & Enter, Pointing a Firearm and 7 additional Criminal Code charges for his alleged involvement in the Boxing Day incident.

 

Cardinal should be considered armed and dangerous. RCMP are asking the public not to approach and call 9-1-1 immediately should he be spotted.

If you have information about Keehoo Cardinal’s whereabouts, please call the Rocky Mountain House RCMP at 403-845-2882 or call your local police service.  If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS.

BACKGROUND:

December 30, 2017
Rocky Mountain House RCMP make arrests in two Violent Home Invasions

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta On December 26, 2017 around 9:15 a.m., Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to a call for service of a home invasion at a residence in the town of Rocky Mountain House.  Upon arrival, Police discovered the lone male suspect had departed.  There was evidence to show three individuals in the residence were assaulted and robbed of property.  At approximately 10:00 a.m., the same day, three suspects forced their way into another residence within the town of Rocky Mountain House, where the home owner was assaulted with a weapon, unlawfully confined, and robbed of property.

On December 29, 2017, Rocky Mountain House RCMP, with the assistance of the RCMP Calgary Emergency Response Team, executed two search warrants at two different residences within the town of Rocky Mountain House.  Several individuals were arrested as a result.  Firearms stolen from one of the home invasions were recovered, along with other offence related property. The investigation continued with the assistance of the RCMP Calgary General Investigation Section.  The following three individuals have been charged with numerous Criminal Code offences connected to the two home invasions:

Rickie Wapoose CARDINAL (30) of Rocky Mountain House, has been charged with :

– Robbery X 2 – Sec. 344(b) CC
– Break and Enter X 2 – Sec. 348(1)(b) CC
– Uttering Threats X 3 – Sec. 264.1 CC
– Assault with a Weapon X 4 – Sec. 267(a) CC
– Assault X 2 – Sec. 266 CC
– Disobey a Lawful Order X 5 – Sec. 127 CC
– Extortion – Sec. 346(1.1)(a.1) CC
– Pointing a Firearm – Sec. 87 CC
– Unlawful Confinement – Sec. 279(1) CC
– Disguise with Intent – Sec. 351(2) CC
– Robbery to Steal Firearm – Sec. 98.1 CC
– Possession of a Weapon Obtained by Commission of an Offence X 3 – 96(a) CC
– Unlawful Possession of a Firearm X 3 – Sec. 92(1) CC
– Careless Storage of a Firearm – Sec. 86(1) CC
– Possession of Prohibited Weapon – Sec. 91(2) CC

Keehoo Rick CARDINAL (35) of no fixed address, and Shanel BRODERSEN (26) of Rocky Mountain House, have been charged with:

– Robbery – Sec. 344(b) CC
– Break and Enter – Sec. 348(1)(b) CC
– Extortion – Sec. 346(1.1)(a.1) CC
– Pointing a Firearm – Sec. 87 CC
– Unlawful Confinement – Sec. 279(2) CC
– Disguise with Intent – 351(2) CC
– Uttering Threats – Sec. 264.1(1) CC
– Assault with a Weapon X 2 – Sec. 267(a) CC
– Robbery to Steal a Firearm – Sec. 98.1 CC

Police have determined that all the individuals involved in these home invasions were known to one another.

Rickie Wapoose CARDINAL and Shanel BRODERSEN were remanded into police custody and will appear in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.  A warrant for arrest has been sought for Keehoo CARDINAL. The Rocky Mountain House RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating him.  If you have information about Keehoo CARDINAL’s whereabouts, please call the Rocky Mountain House RCMP at 403-845-2882 or call your local police service.  Keehoo CARDINAL is considered armed and dangerous.  If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS.

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Grande Prairie – A former medical health officer in Alberta has been found guilty of sexual assault and sexual interference of a child.

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“Employee policies and processes align with federal and provincial laws, including employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, privacy legislation, and principles of procedural fairness and, where relevant, union collective agreements,” Michaela Swan, spokeswoman for Interior Health, wrote in a statement last month.

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— By Angela Amato in Edmonton.

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Toddler rescued from sexual abuse

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From the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

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ICE rescued the child on February 4, 2023 after entering the home under exigent circumstances. A tip from the FBI, received less than 48 hours earlier, detailed alleged prolific and ongoing sexual abuse of a young child in Alberta.

The child was taken to hospital for evaluation and has received help from a variety of specialized support services, including Zebra Center for Child Protection and Edmonton Police Services’ Child at Risk Response Team. Alberta’s Children’s Services is also involved.

The victims’ mother has been charged and her name is not being released in order to protect the identity of the victim.

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The suspect was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on February 22, 2023 in Sherwood Park.

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