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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Policing in Alberta to January 1, 2015

Stettler shooting suspect arrested (update)
Shooting incident at party in Calgary

Calgary ATM robberies suspect sought
EPS detectives continue to investigate homicides
Whitecourt man arrested after standoff
Police vehicles rammed in Red Deer
Multi-vehicle pedestrian collision in Calgary
Calgary sexual assault suspect arrested
Pedestrian injured in Calgary hit and run
New Year’s resolution – lock your vehicles
Rise in vehicle thefts in St. Albert
B&E in St. Albert
More smash-and-grab thefts in St. Albert



Stettler shooting suspect arrested (update)

RCMP Stettler
At approximately 4:15 pm on January 1 Calgary Police Service arrested Darren James BAUER in Calgary. BAUER was observed driving in stolen truck and when safe to do so was arrested without incident. BAUER will be transported to Airdrie Detachment where the investigation into the b/n events will continue with RCMP resources.

Excerpt of original press release:

37-year-old Stettler male seriously wounded in daytime shooting.

At 4:47 pm December 31, 2014 Stettler RCMP and EMS responded to a 911 call reporting a male being shot in northwest area of the Town of Stettler. Investigators arrived to find the 37-year-old a victim of several gunshot wounds and he was transported by STARS ambulance to hospital with non life threatening injuries

Eyewitnesses reported that there was a collision between two vehicles prior to the shooting. Shots were fired and the shooter was last seen driving away in a blue Dodge quad cab, pick-up truck.

Both subjects involved in the shooting are known to police. It has been determined that this is not a random act of violence.

Shooting incident at party in Calgary

Calgary Police Service
January 01, 2015 09:00 am


The Calgary Police Service is currently at the scene of a shooting incident in the city’s southwest that occurred early this morning.

At approximately 5 am today, January 1, 2015, police were called to a residence in the 1900 block of 36 Street S.W. for reports that shots were fired at a house party where more than 50 people were in attendance.

Investigators are working to determine how many people were injured, and their current conditions.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Calgary ATM robberies suspect(s) sought

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance for information about two robberies that have occurred at drive-through ATM machines.

ATM robberies suspect
Just before 8 pm on Saturday, December 27, 2014, a man went to the drive through ATM machine at Scotiabank, located in the 8700 block of Macleod Trail S. Following the withdrawal of money from the ATM, the driver was approached by a man who brandished a knife and demanded the money. The driver complied and the suspect then fled eastbound on 86 Avenue towards Bonaventure Drive.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, in his mid 20s, 5’6” to 5’10” tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie under a dark-coloured jacket with a baseball hat.

Just before 7 pm on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, a man went to the drive through ATM at the Royal Bank of Canada, located in the 1200 block of Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. After the driver had removed his money from the machine, he was approached by two men who brandished a knife and demanded his money. The driver handed his money over and drove away to a safe place to report the incident.

The first suspect is described as Caucasian, in his mid 20s, approximately 6’ tall, 170 lbs., with a slim build. He was wearing a green toque and a dark green jacket.

The second suspect, is described as Caucasian, in his mid 20s, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, 150 lbs., with a slim build. He was wearing a toque and black jacket.

Investigators are working to determine whether the two incidents are connected.

Anyone with information about these incidents 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
Case #14508916 and 14509958

EPS detectives continue to investigate multiple homicides

The Edmonton Police Service continues to investigate two homicide scenes involving multiple deaths.


Southwest Division members responded to a weapon’s complaint around 6:52 pm Monday, December 29, 2014, near Haswell Court and 16 Avenue. Upon arrival members discovered a deceased middle-aged female.

Later Monday evening, North Division patrol officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call at an address near 83 Street and 180 Avenue at approximately 8:30 pm, returning to the same address at approximately midnight, following a secondary check-on-welfare call involving a suicidal male.

At that time officers were unable to locate the suicidal male in question, but upon entry discovered the bodies of seven deceased individuals - three adult females, two adult males and two children, one female and one male.

Homicide detectives, with the assistance of Ft. Saskatchewan RCMP, subsequently located a deceased male at a restaurant in that city, located approximately 40 kms northeast of Edmonton, who matched the description of the suicidal male allegedly associated with the second homicide scene at 83 Street and 180 Avenue.

One of the eight victims has now been identified.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that Cyndi Duong, 37, died Dec. 29, 2014, as a result of a gunshot wound. Southwest Division members found the deceased woman's body while responding to a weapons complaint Monday evening in a residence near Haswell Court.

Autopsies on the remaining seven victims and lone male suspect will take place on New Year’s Day, at which time cause of death and identities of the victims should be confirmed. 

Whitecourt man arrested after standoff

Whitecourt RCMP

Whitecourt RCMP have arrested a 41 year old man after a standoff that began with police at approximately 1:17 am December 31 at a residence within town limits.

RCMP say the man allegedly had been consuming alcohol and threatened harm with a firearm to anyone entering the residence. It was determined that the man had been in a conflict with a relative not at the residence. As police investigated, it was determined that there were 3 other adults and 1 child at the residence. RCMP cordoned off the area to ensure public and police safety.

The situation was safely resolved at approximately 8:15 a.m. when one of the occupants left the residence advising the male had fallen asleep. RCMP were able to safely enter the residence and arrested the man without incident. There were no injuries sustained by the occupants of the residence due to the incident.

Charges are pending as RCMP continue their investigation.

Police vehicles rammed in Red Deer

Red Deer RCMP are searching for two men who rammed two police vehicles on December 20 in order to escape arrest while driving a stolen truck.

At around 9 pm on December 20, a caller reported seeing the truck being driven in north Red Deer; the caller recognized the vehicle as having been stolen from Blackfalds earlier that day. RCMP quickly located the truck and followed it at a safe distance to the parking lot of an apartment building on 34 Street and 52 Avenue. As police attempted to arrest the two men in the truck, the driver rammed two police vehicles and fled the scene. Other RCMP vehicles followed the truck for a short distance but did not pursue it out of public safety concerns, as there were pedestrians and other vehicles in the area.

No police officers or members of the public were injured during this incident, and no public property was damaged. One RCMP vehicle sustained minor damage and the second sustained more significant damage. The stolen truck was recovered in Springbrook on December 22. RCMP continue to search for the two men, who are described as:

Driver:
  • Caucasian
  • approximately 20 - 25 years old
  • blonde hair
  • light complexion
  • tall, with a slim build
  • wearing a dark baseball hat and a long-sleeved white shirt
Passenger:
  • Metis/Aboriginal
  • approximately 20 - 25 years old
  • short, spiky, dark brown hair
  • dark-rimmed eye glasses
  • wearing a multi-coloured shirt
If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com

Multi-vehicle pedestrian collision in Calgary

Calgary Police Service

At approximately 2:10 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2014, a life-threatening injury collision occurred at the intersection of 60 Avenue and 3 Street S.W.

A 2001 Pontiac Montana minivan, driven by a 41-year-old man, was heading eastbound on 60 Avenue S.W. approaching a stop sign at 3 Street S.W. At the same time, a 2012 Dodge Journey crossover, driven by an 80-year-old woman, was northbound on 3 Street S.W. approaching 60 Avenue, with the right of way.

The Montana failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the Journey. The Journey mounted the curb and struck the driver’s side of a 2007 Nissan Sentra parked in the parking lot, pushing the Sentra into a 2011 Ford Expedition parked beside it. An 84-year-old female passenger had just gotten out of the Sentra when the collision occurred. The woman was pinned between the Sentra and the Expedition.

The driver of the Montana was not injured. The driver of the Journey sustained minor injuries. The 84-year-old passenger, who was pinned, sustained life-threatening injuries.

Although the Calgary Police Service Traffic Section continues to investigate, speed and alcohol do not appear to have been factors in the collision.

Any witnesses to the accident or the events leading up to it are asked to contact the Traffic Section at 403-567-4000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637
Case#14513502

Calgary sexual assault suspect arrested

Calgary Police Service

A man wanted on warrants for a sexual assault has been located.

On Friday, December 26, 2014 at approximately 6:45 pm a woman was leaving the Brentwood LRT station and walked a short distance toward Brentwood Road N.W. and Blackiston Drive N.W., when she noticed a man walking behind her. The man grabbed her from behind and dragged her to a nearby alley.

The woman was pushed 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.

Andrew HOLLOWAY, 26, was arrested in the Cochrane area this afternoon, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. He has been charged with sexual assault, common assault and uttering threats.

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the public, the media and the Cochrane RCMP for their assistance in this investigation.

Pedestrian injured in Calgary hit and run

The Calgary Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance following a hit-and-run collision involving a pedestrian.

At approximately 1:45 am on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, a man was crossing Macleod Trail at 39 Avenue S., when he was hit by a vehicle headed south on Macleod Trail. It’s estimated the car was travelling at 90 km/h when it struck the pedestrian, throwing him 20 metres down the roadway. The vehicle made no attempt to brake or stop following the collision.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Car similar to suspect vehicle
Traffic Section investigators continue to ask for assistance in identifying the vehicle and driver in this collision. The vehicle is described as a white, 1996-1998, Pontiac Grand Am. The vehicle will have substantial damage to its front end and possibly the windshield. Witnesses were able to take down the first two letters of the car’s licence plate. They are “BD.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Traffic Section at 403-567-4000.

New Year’s resolution – lock your vehicles

Red Deer RCMP

Between December 1 and 24, Red Deer RCMP responded to more than 120 reports of stolen vehicles, and approximately 30 of those vehicles had been left running and unlocked; more were left unlocked with spare keys inside.

“Vehicles left running and unlocked are an invitation to criminals – they look for opportunities like these in every neighbourhood and quiet cul de sac in the city,” says Constable Derek Turner of the Red Deer RCMP. “People think their vehicle will be fine for a few minutes while they go back in their houses or run into a store or gas station, but that just isn’t true. It takes mere seconds for a criminal to slip into an unlocked, running vehicle and drive away.”

Many vehicle thefts happen on impulse when criminals see easy targets such as unlocked, running vehicles; more thefts are done by criminals who move methodically from vehicle to vehicle, looking for the easiest target. Criminals often steal vehicles to get from one place to another, or use them to commit crimes in. Many of the stolen vehicles in Red Deer are recovered after having been used for these purposes and then abandoned, but others may be sold to illegal chop shops.

While theft of vehicles is not always preventable, RCMP note that thefts of those left running and unlocked are almost certainly preventable.

“Anyone who has had their vehicle stolen can attest to the disruption, inconvenience and financial consequences they face afterward, and these sort of preventable crimes are also a drain on police resources.” Turner says. “Police understand that some vehicles may need to be warmed up on cold days, but don’t leave them unlocked and unattended – the harder you make a criminal work to steal your belongings, the less likely they are to target you.”

RCMP also advise vehicle owners to regularly check their license plates: criminals often steal license plates to use while committing crimes, and sometimes replace them with other stolen license plates that may have been used in previous crimes.

RCMP recommendations to help prevent vehicle theft:
  • Lock your vehicle every time you step away from it
  • Do not leave keys in the ignition while fuelling up or inflating tires at gas stations
  • Do not keep spare keys hidden in your vehicle or in your garage
  • Always lock your garage, and lock the door between attached garages and homes
  • Do not leave valuables in sight in your vehicle
Rise in vehicle thefts in St. Albert

St. Albert RCMP

St. Albert has seen 1 attempted theft of a car and 4 thefts of vehicles in the last week. RCMP are warning everyone to be extra vigilant about anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles and report suspicious people to the police. As well, the RCMP are strongly urging residents to ensure their keys are removed from their vehicles and the cars or trucks are locked.

Overnight between Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and Christmas Day, December 25, 2014, two trucks were stolen from Gloucester Drive in St. Albert, Alberta. A Blue Dodge Ram 1500 and a Blue Ford SRW truck were parked on this street overnight . When morning came, the owner of the trucks found both of them missing.

Overnight between Sunday, December 28, 2014 and the morning of December 29, 2014, a Black 1995 Acura ILS car with Ontario License plate BNRB906, was stolen from the parking lot of 500 Rivercrest Crescent, St. Albert, Alberta.

Overnight between December 28, 2014 and 1:00 p.m. on Monday December 29, 2014, someone attempted to steal a Silver 2001 Acura Integra car that was parked in the parking lot of 500 Rivercrest Crescent, St. Albert, Alberta. The vehicle had been left unlocked and on December 29, 2014, the vehicle owner found the steering column of the car broken from an attempted theft of the car.

Overnight between Monday, December 29, 2014 and Tuesday morning, December 30, 2014, a grey 2003 Toyota Camry with Albert License plate BJV7655, was stolen from the owner's driveway on Walden Crescent in St. Albert, Alberta. The owner had left the keys in the vehicle ignition and found the car stolen in the morning.

"This many thefts of vehicles in a week in St. Albert is unusual." says Cpl. Laurel Kading with the St. Albert RCMP. "Let's work together to stop this crime. Lock your vehicles, remove any valuables from them and secure the keys in your residence. Help watch out for your neighbours' vehicles and ask them to watch yours. And do not hesitate to call any suspicious activity in to the RCMP."

B&E in St. Albert

St. Albert RCMP

On December 31st at approximately 7:29 AM, members of St. Albert RCMP were dispatched to a break and enter at Ricci Hair Co located at #360, 5 Giroux Road in St. Albert, Alberta. Upon arrival, police located a glass door smashed but no one was inside the premise. It is believed that the unknown individual(s) responsible for this break and enter made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

St. Albert RCMP is looking for your help on this break and enter. If you have any information about this or any crime, call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. If your information leads to an arrest, you qualify for a cash award up to $2,000.00. We want your tip, not your name. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

More smash-and-grab thefts in St. Albert

The St. Albert RCMP is seeking information from the public regarding the entry to 2 vehicles that occurred on December 28th, 2014. The first theft occurred in the area of Nevada place. A male returned to his parked pick-up truck at approximately 5 PM to find the passenger's side window smashed and his wallet missing. The second theft took place at approximately 8 PM in the parking lot of Servus Place. Unknown individual(s) smashed the rear driver's side window of a pick-up truck and left with a shoulder bag type purse and other valuable items.

"We continue to urge the public to remove all valuables inside of their vehicles while unattended and to remove packages that may attract attention of thieves. It only takes seconds to steal items from your car. There has been an increase in Smash-and-grab thefts in the recent weeks and we are asking the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities around parked vehicles" says Cst. Avoine with St. Albert RCMP.

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