Monday, December 29, 2014

Policing in Alberta to December 29, 2014

Calgary sexual assault suspect sought
Charges laid in attempted abduction of 13 year old girl
Christmas eve firearms complaint in Grande Prairie
Fatal collision on Highway 1 near Strathmore
Fatal MVC near Beiseker
Fatal MVC near Scandia
Fatal MVC in Calgary
Multiple charges for Fort McMurray man
Armed robbery in Grande Prairie
Firearm complaint in Grande Prairie
Airdrie City RCMP weekend report
Officer involved shooting in Whitecourt
Officer involved shooting in Vegreville
Airdrie RCMP mischief suspect sought
Drugs and weapons charge for Chestermere man
Charges laid in Edmonton fatal assault
Sexual assault alleged at Edmonton wellness centre
Bank robbery in Calgary


Calgary sexual assault suspect sought

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance to identify a man connected to a sexual assault.
At approximately 6:45 pm Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, a woman was leaving the Brentwood LRT station and walked a short distance toward Brentwood Road N.W. when she noticed a man was walking behind her. The man grabbed her from behind and dragged her to a nearby alley.
The woman fell to the ground and the man struck her in the head. The woman was screaming loudly. While on the ground she fought back and was able to flee.

Anyone who may have heard the victim, witnessed the incident, or has any information including the identity of the man is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Police are offering the following safety tips to all Calgarians to protect themselves:
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Try to stay in well-lit, well-populated areas whenever possible.
  • Minimize using distracting technology like music players and cell phone.
  • Make sure whenever possible others are aware of your route and your expected arrival time.
  • Develop a safety plan: let someone you trust know where you are going, and when to expect you back.
  • If you are suspicious of someone, trust your instincts. Do not engage in any conversation and proceed to the nearest safe or public place and report the incident immediately. Scream or use a personal emergency alarm to attract attention.
  • If you see anything suspicious, call police at 403-266-1234 or call 911 to report a crime in progress.
CASE # 14507499

Charges laid in attempted abduction of 13 year old girl 

Red Deer RCMP have laid charges against 29 year old Alexander Beaulieu of Red Deer in the assault and attempted abduction of a 13 year old girl on December 22 behind the G.H. Dawe Centre. Beaulieu faces the following charges:
  • Criminal Code 463/279(1)(a) – Attempted kidnapping
  • Criminal Code 246(a) – Choking with intent
  • Criminal Code 268 – Aggravated assault
  • Criminal Code 344(b) – Robbery
  • Criminal Code 264.1(1)(a) – Utter threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Criminal Code 355(b) – Possess stolen property under $5,000
  • Criminal Code 334(b) – Theft under $5,000
Beaulieu has been remanded in custody and will appear in court at 9:30 am on January 2, 2015 in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

Christmas eve firearms complaint in Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie RCMP

A 21 year old Grande Prairie male is facing a number of charges after a firearms complaint on Christmas Eve.
On December 24, 2014, Grande Prairie RCMP received a complaint that a person had been threatened with a firearm. The investigation continued throughout the night and through most of Christmas Day.
As part of the investigation, police obtained a judicially authorized search warrant for a residence located at 9320 - 101 Avenue. A male was arrested without incident and the subsequent search warrant recovered several firearms (at least 1 is confirmed as stolen), 2 stolen snowmobiles and a small amount of drugs. The other firearms that have been recovered are believed stolen. RCMP continue to investigate who are the lawful owners.
James Arthur GARDINER a 21 year old resident of Grande Prairie has been charged with:
  • Pointing a firearm x 1
  • Careless use/storage of a firearm x 4
  • Possession of a firearm obtained by crime x 1
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 1
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000 x 2
GARDINER did not speak to bail and he remains in custody. His first appearance is January 5, 2015 when he will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court.

Fatal MVC near Scandia

Brooks RCMP
On Sunday, December 28, 2014 at approximately 11:45 AM, emergency services attended a 3 vehicle collision involving 2 pick up trucks and 1 passenger vehicle at the intersection of Highway 36 and Range Road 155 near Scandia, Alberta. Members of the Brooks RCMP Detachment, Bow City, Brooks and Scandia Fire Departments and EMS responded to the scene. The subsequent investigation revealed that the passenger vehicle was attempting to cross over Highway 36 heading west on Range Road 155 when it was struck by a north bound pick up truck traveling on Highway 36. This resulted in the passenger vehicle being directed into the path of a south bound pick up truck, where a second collision occurred.
The driver and lone occupant of the passenger vehicle, an 18 year old female from Rolling Hills, died at the scene. The driver of the south bound pick up truck, which ended up on its roof after the collision, was transported to the Brooks Health Centre by EHS where she was treated for minor injuries and subsequently released. The driver and passenger of the North bound pick up truck received minor injuries, but did not require medical attention. An RCMP Collision Reconstructionist was called and attended to assist with the investigation, which is still on going.
The name of the deceased has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
Fatal MVC in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is investigating a fatal collision that occurred the morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014.
At approximately 9:30 am a 53-year-old male was driving a 2007 grey Chevrolet Silverado westbound in the centre lane of 16 Avenue NE crossing the intersection of 68 Street NE.

As the vehicle continued westbound it lost control and rotated counter-clockwise. It entered the median traffic lane, then the emergency shoulder, over the grass median. It made contact with the post and cable barrier, flipping over and coming to rest on its roof.

The driver sustained minor injuries. The front seat passenger, a 77-year-old female, sustained serious injuries.  The rear passenger, an 88-year-old male was pinned in the vehicle and was required to be extracted. He was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this collision. Speed is being investigated as a factor at this time.

Any witnesses to the collision or the events leading up to it are asked to contact the Traffic Section at 403-567-4000.

Case #14508214

Fatal collision on Highway 1 near Strathmore

Strathmore RCMP
On December 25, 2014 the Strathmore RCMP were dispatched to a fatal collision on Highway 1 at the intersection of Range Road 281. A vehicle attempted to cross Highway # 1 at RR 281, Northbound, when it collided with a Eastbound vehicle that was unable to avoid the Northbound vehicle. The driver of the Northbound vehicle, a 68 year old male from Calgary, was pronounced deceased on scene by Emergency personnel. There was no one else in the Northbound vehicle. The two (2)occupants of the Eastbound vehicle were checked by attending EMS on scene and did not require further treatment.
The Strathmore RCMP were assisted by the Calgary RCMP Collision Analyst, EMS and Fire Departments who all attended and assisted at the scene. The investigation continues, alcohol and speed were not a factor in this fatal collision and charges are not expected.
The name of the deceased is not being released.

Fatal MVC near Beiseker

Beiseker RCMP

On December 23rd, 2014, at 8:47 PM, Beiseker RCMP were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 564 between a semi and a SUV.

The investigation has revealed that the 2003 Cadillac SUV was travelling eastbound on Highway 564 and failed to stop at the marked intersection and struck a semi tractor trailer unit travelling southbound. The 51 year old Strathmore female was the lone occupant of the SUV. She was found outside the vehicle, and was declared deceased on scene. The driver of the semi was not injured from the collision.

Strathmore RCMP, Airdrie Rural RCMP, Calgary collision analyst as well as Rocky View Fire Services, and EMS all attended the scene to assist.

In accordance with the wishes of the deceased’s family, the name of the deceased will not be released.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or speed were factors in this collision. Traffic was re-routed for several hours to allow for RCMP to conduct their investigation.

RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to wear seatbelts, drive safe, sober and attentively. Driver distraction is a leading cause in many serious injury and fatality collisions.

Multiple charges for Fort McMurray man

Wood Buffalo RCMP

On Sunday December 7th, Wood Buffalo RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence on Paris Crescent, which resulted in several charges being laid against 27 year old Daniel DUBE. The charges are as follows;
  • 1 Count of Production of Anabolic Steroids
  • 1 Count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Steroids
  • 1 Count of Possession of Cocaine
  • 1 Count of Possession of Cannabis Marihuana
  • 1 Count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • 1 Count of Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • 1 Count of Unsafe Storage of a Firearm
  • 1 Count of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
Police discovered a steroid production lab during the search. Steroids were being produced and labelled as "Phoenix Laboratories". Seizure of approximately 1.6 liters of liquid steroids, 1.3 kg of raw steroid powders, and 4500 steroid pills, a pill press as well as other equipment were seized from the lab within the residence.

A rifle was found and seized, an undisclosed amount of marijuana, mushrooms, and cocaine were also located in the residence and were seized. Approximately $2700 cash was recovered and seized.

Daniel DUBE was released on $15000 no-cash bail with conditions. His first court appearance was December 23rd, 2014.

Armed robbery in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie RCMP

RCMP are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night and police are asking for the public's assistance to solve this crime.

Last night at approximately 11:40 p.m. a lone male walked into a convenience store located in the area of 93rd Street and 100th Avenue. Once inside the business the male pointed what was believed to a gun at the employee and demanded money. The employee complied and put the money from the cash register in a plastic bag as the suspect pointed the gun at the employee. The male then left the business through the back door in an unknown direction. The employee was not physically harmed during the robbery.

RCMP are still working at obtaining surveillance footage of the event and believe there is footage of the suspect. The suspect is described as a male between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall; wearing black pants, a black jacket, ski goggles, a black hat, and work style gloves.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed this armed robbery or has any information regarding the suspect to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Firearm complaint in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie RCMP

 A 41 year old male is facing a number of charges after he confronted his estranged spouse at a Grande Prairie business on December 23.  At approximately 4:30 p.m. Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a firearms complaint at a hardware store in the area of 102nd Avenue and 109th Street. It was reported that a male had assaulted his estranged wife and was pointing a firearm at a number of other people. RCMP had information that the suspect had left the scene was going to a residence in a green pick-up truck and was believed to be armed.

A short time later, RCMP located and stopped the suspect vehicle near the intersection of 116th Avenue and 102nd Street. As police approached, the male suspect pointed a shotgun at the police. RCMP we able to take the suspect into custody after deploying a conducted energy weapon. A loaded shotgun was located at the time of the arrest.

The 41 year old male resident of Grande Prairie is facing numerous assault and firearms related offences.

Airdrie City RCMP weekend report

Airdrie RCMP

Between 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 and 7:00 a.m. Monday, December 22, 2014, Airdrie City RCMP received 77 calls for service. Calls were dispatched to RCMP as the following and do not reflect actual occurrence or clearance status. Here are some of the calls.
  • 1 Arson - Damage to Property
  • 4 Assaults
  • 1 Fail to Stop or Remain at Accident Scene
  • 1 Firearms Act Complaint
  • 1 Fraud Complaint
  • 4 Impaired Driving Complaints
  • 6 Mischief Complaints
  • 4 Other Theft Under $5,000 Complaints
  • 3 Theft under $5,000 from a Motor Vehicle
  • 4 Traffic Collisions
  • 1 Uttering Threats against a Person
Officer involved shooting in Whitecourt

Whitecourt RCMP

On December 26, 2014, at approximately 10:15 pm, two Whitecourt RCMP police vehicles were involved in a traffic stop with a vehicle in the town of Whitecourt. As a result of the actions of the driver both RCMP members responded by discharging their service pistols and the suspect vehicle fled. The suspect vehicle collided with a nearby civilian vehicle and was soon stopped without further incident by responding RCMP members. The adult male driver was arrested and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other members of the public were injured. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has now taken carriage of this investigation.

Luke Louis KOCK, 30, of no fixed address has been charged with 3 counts of Assault Police Officer with a Weapon (a vehicle), 1 count of Flight From Police, 1 count of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, 1 count of Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000.00 and 2 provincial violations. All charges are relating to an incident in Whitecourt which resulted in KOCK being shot by police.

KOCK is currently in custody recovering in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. When KOCK is released from hospital he will be remanded into custody pending a Whitecourt Provincial Court appearance on January 13th, 2015.

A female passenger sustained minor injuries, was treated in hospital and released. No other members of the public or police were injured during this event.

Whitecourt General Investigation Section and Serious Crimes Branch are conducting the criminal investigation into the Mr. KOCK's actions and ASIRT is conducting an independent investigation into the actions of the police.
Officer involved shooting in Vegreville

Vegreville RCMP
A 22 year old male from the Vegreville area has been charged with Possession of Weapon Dangerous to the Public and Public Mischief.

On December 25,  2014 at approximately 9:05 am, the male called RCMP reporting a robbery at the TD Bank in Vegreville. RCMP members arrived on scene and were confronted by the male. Due to situational factors, the male was shot by the RCMP. The male was taken into custody and transported to hospital, and is in stable condition and expected to be released from hospital shortly. The male will be remanded into custody pending a first appearance in Edmonton Court Monday 29 December 2014.
The complaint of robbery made by the male was found to be false, and no other civilians were involved.

RCMP Serious Crimes Branch is investigating the substantive offences. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is currently investigating the shooting.

Airdrie RCMP mischief suspect sought

Airdrie RCMP
Airdrie RCMP are seeking assistance from the public to identify a male mischief suspect.

On December 24th, at approximately 4:40 pm, a male suspect entered the Petro Canada Gas Station on East Lake Crescent. The male entered into an argument with the clerk, became angry and began punching the lottery scan machine, damaging it.

The clerk remained calm, did not attempt to engage the suspect and contacted RCMP for assistance. On RCMP arrival the male had departed.

Surveillance footage was provided to investigators and is being reviewed. Suspect is described as:
  • Male
  • Caucasian
  • 30-35 years of age
  • Clean shaven
  • Wearing a black hat and black jacket
No one was injured during the incident.

If you have information, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7267. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Drugs and weapons charge for Chestermere man

Turner Valley RCMP

In the early morning hours of December 23, 2014 Turner Valley RCMP located a suspicious vehicle parked at the pumps of a local gas station despite the business being closed. Investigation into the vehicle and its driver found there to be ammunition rounds within reach of the driver. The driver was unable to produce identification and was subsequently arrested. Further search of the vehicle revealed an unsecured, loaded, 9mm handgun and 140 grams of a substance believed to be Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth).

A search warrant obtained for the vehicle further revealed knives, drug paraphernalia and approximately $1,000 in Canadian currency.
Twenty-six year old Ivan LETO of Chestermere, Alberta, now faces a total of five Criminal Code charges in relation to the incident. These charges include:
  • Possession of a Loaded Restricted Firearm in a vehicle
  • Possession of a Restricted Firearm without a License
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime
  • Possession of a Weapon for a dangerous purpose
LETO has been released on his own Recognizance and is set to appear in Turner Valley Provincial Court on February 10, 2015.
Charges laid in Edmonton fatal assault

Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives have arrested and charged a male in connection to the fatal assault of a man in southwest Edmonton on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Whyte Avenue Beat officers discovered an unconscious man on the sidewalk in the area of 105 Street and 82 Avenue at approximately 2:30 am. The man was treated and transported to hospital with life threatening injuries, where he passed away.

The Medical Examiner conducted the victim’s autopsy on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. The death was deemed to be a homicide, and the cause of death was head trauma.

Kyle Charles Ashton, 19, has been charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of Raad Hamza, 24.

Sexual assault alleged at Edmonton wellness centre

Edmonton Police Service
  • Detectives ask additional complainants to come forward with information
The Edmonton Police Service is asking the public for assistance in identifying a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that occurred in downtown Edmonton earlier this month.

On Friday, December 5, 2014, Downtown Division officers responded to a report of a sexual assault at Stillpoint Wellness Centre and Chi Spa, located at 112 Street and Jasper Avenue. It was reported that at approximately 1 p.m. that afternoon, a female complainant attended the establishment for a massage appointment.

During the massage, the male masseuse allegedly sexually assaulted the female complainant. The female left the establishment and reported the incident to the police.

“We are looking to the public for assistance in identifying the suspect,” says Det. Rochelle Going with Downtown Division Criminal Investigation Section. “If there are others who have experienced something similar at this establishment, the EPS encourages them to come forward with information.”

“The suspect may have also operated out of other businesses or private residences,” adds Det. Going.

The suspect is described as an Asian male in his mid to late 50s, with dark, short hair and a small mustache. He was seen at the establishment wearing a green t-shirt, jeans, a long, shiny coat with snap buttons and blue “croc style” shoes. The suspect may go by the name “Mr. Wang.”

Anyone who has information about this sexual assault 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

Bank robbery in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance to identify a man responsible for a bank robbery that took place this evening.

At approximately 5:30 pm Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, a man entered the TD Canada Trust in the 100 block of Shawville Blvd S.E. He approached the teller and produced a robbery note. The man was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled from the bank.

No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 30 to 40-years-old, 6' tall with a medium build. He was wearing a navy blue toque, black hoodie, khaki pants and running shoes.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service Robbery Unit at 403-428-8787 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: 274637

CASE # 14504336

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