Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 16, 2014

  • Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to locate missing male youth FOUND
  • Man charged with five homicides in Calgary
  • Premier Hancock statement on Calgary homicides
  • Grand Prairie convenience store robbers sought
  • Grande Prairie RCMP investigating rash of armed robberies
  • Wood Buffalo RCMP officer charged with historic Sexual Assault of minor
  • Vandalism in Brooks
  • Break and Enter at Oxford Hotel in Brooks
  • Woman in RCMP custody passes away in hospital
  • Attempted pharmacy robbery in High River
  • Assault with a knife at pub in Lloydminster
  • Arson in Brooks
  • Red Deer RCMP charge male in multiple vehicle hit and runs
  • Charges laid in Spruce Grove armed robbery
  • Fort McMurray Tagger Tagged
  • LRPS Charge 3 with thefts from unlocked vehicles
Man charged with five homicides in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man in connection with five homicides overnight April 14/15. Matthew Douglas de Grood, 22, of Calgary, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.

At approximately 1:20 a.m. April 15 police were called to the 100 block of Butler Crescent N.W. for reports of several people injured while attending a house party.

When officers arrived they confirmed three people dead in the house, while two others were taken to hospital. The two people who were transported succumbed to their injuries in hospital. In total, five people are deceased – four men and one woman.

Multiple witnesses were transported to the Westwinds Campus and were being interviewed by detectives.

The alleged offender was arrested nearby and remains in custody. No further suspects are being sought at this time.

Investigators are asking anyone with information who has yet to speak with police, to contact 403-266-1234.

The identities of the victims will be released pending completion of the autopsies. This is not expected to be completed until late Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Premier Hancock statement on Calgary homicides

Premier Dave Hancock issued the following statement on the multiple homicides near the University of Calgary.

“This is a senseless, shocking and horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in the Brentwood neighbourhood.

“We will pull together as a community to make sure the families get the support they need as they cope with this terrible event. I understand that the University of Calgary has set up counselling and support services for students, faculty and staff who are affected by this tragedy. Anyone affected is encouraged to visit the University of Calgary Wellness Centre classroom where supports are available.

“I have full confidence that the Calgary Police Service will conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened. I understand that the police already have a suspect in custody and continue to investigate at the scene.

“I want to thank all first responders for their work during this difficult situation.”

Grand Prairie convenience store robbers sought

Grande Prairie RCMP are investigating the armed robbery of a convenience store that happened early this morning. The suspects are still at large.

This morning at approximately 1:15 a.m. two males entered a convenience store in the Lakeland Drive area of the city, one of the suspects produced a handgun and demanded that the employee empty the cash register. The suspects are believed to have fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Both suspects were described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, wearing all black clothing. The first suspect was wearing red gloves, a red bandana and produced the silver handgun. The first suspect's hooded sweat shirt is distinctive as it has a white smiley face on the front. The second suspect was wearing a black bandana to cover his face, possibly a ski or motocross goggles and white sneakers. (Photographs attached). The suspects are not believed to be associated with the string of 13 other robberies that have occurred since early March.

Police are asking that if they know the identity of the suspects or have any information about this incidents to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Grande Prairie RCMP investigating rash of armed robberies

Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public's assistance to locate and identify a male suspect who is believed to be responsible for a number of armed robberies in the city dating back to March, 2014.

Since March 13, 2014 the Grande Prairie RCMP have responded to 13 armed robberies at a number of businesses throughout the city. The suspect appears to be targeting businesses along 100th Street corridor, striking as far south as 84th Avenue and as far north as 121st Avenue. The robberies are at occurring at various times throughout the day and night.

In each instance, the suspect uses a disguise and demands money and sometimes cigarettes. There has been instances where the suspect has produced a gun or a knife and there has been occasions where the suspect has merely stated to the employee that he has a weapon before making his demands. To date, no one has been physically injured during any of the robberies

The suspect has been generally described as between 5 feet 6 inches tall and 6 feet, has a thin to medium build, often wears sunglasses along with a bandana or ski mask to conceal his identity, always wears a dark colour hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled up and he is believed to be Caucasian.

RCMP are asking business owners to ensure that if they have surveillance equipment that it is up to date, functional and operational as surveillance footage is very useful to a police investigation. Furthermore, RCMP are asking that businesses take a moment to review policy and protocol with staff on what to do if they are robbed. First and foremost, the employees should be instructed to comply with the demands of the assailant. Then, as soon as it is safe to do so, the employee must call 911. There have been instances where employees are calling the business owner or a supervisor before contacting police. This has resulted in a delayed response and possibly given the suspect time to flee from the area.

The police are asking anyone who has information about these robberies or any information about the suspect to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Wood Buffalo RCMP officer charged with historic Sexual Assault of minor

Wood Buffalo RCMP officer charged with historic Sexual Assault of minor

Saskatchewan RCMP have laid charges relating to historical sexual assaults.  In April 2013, the Regina General Investigation Section within the Major Crime Branch of the RCMP in Saskatchewan received information from an adult female relating to historical sexual assaults.  In December 2013, the victim provided investigators a detailed statement during which she revealed that she was the victim of sexual assaults that occurred during the summer of 1982.  The victim also told investigators that she was assaulted by an adult female and a serving male member of the RCMP.  The victim was 12 years old at the time of the alleged assaults.

Investigators have conducted a comprehensive investigation which has resulted in charges against two individuals. 

Ronald Patrick Makar has been charged with 1 count of having sexual intercourse with a female person without her consent and 1 count of having sexual intercourse with a female person who was under the age of fourteen years.  Ronald Makar was arrested without incident earlier today, April 15, 2014, at his workplace, the Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment, in Fort McMurray, AB. 

Constance Haduik has been charged with 1 count of indecent assault of a female person.  Constance Haduik was arrested without incident on April 10, 2014 at her workplace in Kyle, SK. 

All of the charges are contrary to the 1982 Criminal Code.  The equivalent in today’s Criminal Code would be sexual assault, contrary to Section 271 Criminal Code.  Both of the accused will make their first court appearances on June 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in Carlyle, Saskatchewan.

Inspector Makar spent most of his 34 year RCMP career in Saskatchewan. He was transferred to Alberta in May 2012. Since then he has worked as the Operations Officer at Wood Buffalo Detachment supervising 92 employees.  He is at the rank of Inspector and until today was the Operations Officer in Charge at Wood Buffalo Detachment in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  As of today, he is suspended with pay pending further consideration.  At the time of the alleged sexual assaults, Ronald Makar was a constable at the Carlyle RCMP Detachment.  The majority of Ronald Makar’s service was in Saskatchewan.  He served in Carlyle, Kyle, Fond du Lac, Regina, Milestone, and “F” Division HQ in Regina.  In 2012, Ronald Makar received his commission and was transferred to Alberta to his current position as the Operations Officer in Charge at Wood Buffalo Detachment in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

“As soon as we became aware of the allegations we began a comprehensive criminal investigation which has resulted in charges against the two identified suspects,” said Supt. Alfredo Bangloy, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer - In Charge of Provincial Policing.

“Allegations like these are disturbing when made against a member of the general public.  For a serving police officer to be facing charges like this is extremely disturbing,” said Supt. Alfredo Bangloy, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer - In Charge of Provincial Policing.  “It is very difficult to be here today to speak with you all about this.”

Supt. Alfredo Bangloy acknowledges that it is difficult for victims to come forward, “I commend the victim who came forward.  It takes great courage to speak out in these types of situations.” 
Because Inspector Makar is posted to Alberta, employee discipline in this matter is the responsibility of the “K” Division Commanding Officer. Inspector Makar has been suspended with pay pending further consideration. He will not be returning to work with the RCMP until the criminal charges against him are resolved.
RCMP members who commit criminal offences are subject to the same criminal law process as all Canadian citizens. In addition to the criminal process, the conduct of RCMP members is regulated by the RCMP Code of Conduct. While in some cases where a member faces criminal charges the appropriate disciplinary sanction may be dismissal from the RCMP, it is dependent on the case and is not automatic.

“As disappointing as the news concerning this officer is, I know that every day RCMP employees work hard to make a positive difference here in Alberta and across Canada,”  said Deputy Commissioner Marianne Ryan, Commanding Officer of Alberta RCMP. “On days like today, we need to remind ourselves of that.”

Vandalism in Brooks

Brooks RCMP are investigating damage to the new Ball Diamonds multi-use building. Sometime between the afternoon of April 4th and the morning of April 8th, a door to the building was significantly damaged. The lock and handle where sheared off. No entry was gained to the building but the damage to the exterior is estimated at just under $2000. Brooks RCMP are asking for anyone who may have seen suspicious vehicles or persons in this area during this time frame to call police.

Any person having information regarding this investigation are asked to call the Brooks RCMP Detachment at 403-794-4400 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Break and Enter at Oxford Hotel in Brooks

Brooks RCMP are currently investigating a Break and Enter to the Oxford Hotel.

Between 11:55 pm on March 29th and 12:30 am on March 30th 2014 an unknown suspect was observed kicking in doors at the Oxford Hotel. The unknown male ran away when confronted by staff. The male is described as a white male, approximately 23 years old, 5'10, 280lbs and heavy set. The male was wearing a black hoodie and black sweat pants.

Woman in RCMP custody passes away in hospital

Cheryl Wendy SIMON, age 42, passed away at approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning in hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for 2014-04-16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Medical Examiner's Office in Edmonton, to determine the cause of Simon’s death.

On 2014-04-11 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Maskwacis RCMP attended a local business regarding a report of intoxicated individuals causing a disturbance. RCMP arrested SIMON for public intoxication and transported her to Maskwacis Detachment. Simon was checked by EMS and found fit to be incarcerated. During a routine prisoner check during the night, SIMON was found not breathing. Members conducted CPR on SIMON until Maskwacis EMS arrived and were able to restore SIMON's vital signs. She was transported by EMS to hospital where she remained. The cause of Simon’s medical distress was unknown.

The investigation by the Calgary RCMP Major Crimes Unit is continuing in this matter.

Attempted pharmacy robbery in High River

On April 15*, 2013 at approximately 11:00 am, the High River RCMP were dispatched to a downtown location for an attempted robbery from an area pharmacy. The lone male walked into the business and went directly to the dispensary.

Staff refused to cooperate, resulting in the male leaving the pharmacy empty handed. No weapon was involved and the male's identity was concealed with a piece of clothing worn over his head and face. Witnesses report the male left in a silver car that had been parked in a back alley. At this time it is unknown the make or model of this silver car.

The police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this male, who may have an association with a silver car. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Assault with a knife at pub in Lloydminster

The Lloydminster Municipal RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the individual responsible for an assault with weapon that occurred at Neighbor's Pub, in Lloydminster, Alberta on March 27, 2014 at approximately 8:46 in the evening. A male known at this time only as "Ash", suspect is said to possibly be East Indian in decent, however unknown any other details that may lead to the male's identity. Suspect was at Neighbors Pub on this evening and had an altercation with another patron, the suspect then left and later returned. When he returned to the establishment another verbal altercation ensued between the two males, then the suspect came at the patron with a large black handled knife. The suspect then fled on foot without causing injury to the victim.

Lloydminster RCMP are seeking the identity of the suspect(s) responsible for these offences and are asking that if you have information about this or any other crime, please contact Lloydminster RCMP at (306)825-6350, or your nearest police service or any local RCMP detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), via your cell phone text messaging to Northern Alberta Crime Stoppers at TIP205 plus your message CRIMES(274637), through SASKTEL Mobility at *8477, text TIP2056 plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or you can submit a tip online at If your information leads to an arrest or a case being cleared, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00

Arson in Brooks

Brooks RCMP are currently investigating a suspected arson which occurred on April 12, 2014 at approximately 12:30 AM at an industrial lot on 2nd Avenue East in Brooks. Brooks RCMP and Brooks Fire Department were dispatched to the area to find a trailer fully engulfed in flames. The trailer was in a fenced compound and it is suspected the trailer was deliberately set on fire.

Brooks RCMP are requesting the assistance of the public with any information relating to this matter. Please contact Brooks RCMP Detachment at (403) 794-4400, Brooks & District Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222 TIPS (8477), or visit the website at

Red Deer RCMP charge male in multiple vehicle hit and runs
At approximately 9:45 am on April 11, 2014, Red Deer RCMP responded to a complaint of what the caller believed to be a thwarted robbery at Piper Creek IDA, located at 32 Street and 49 Avenue in Red Deer, Alberta. Witnesses reported seeing a male cover his face with a bandana before approaching the door to the pharmacy, at which time staff locked the door to deny the male access. The male then got into a blue Dodge Dakota, crossed the intersection and struck another vehicle before entering the parking lot of Northwest Motors, where the suspect struck six more parked vehicles.
RCMP located the suspect behind Northwest Motors and took him into custody. On investigation, it was discovered that the Dodge Dakota driven by the suspect had been stolen shortly before this incident.
38 year old Sean Michael Allen of Red Deer has been charged with:
  • Criminal Code 252(1)(b) – Failure to stop at the scene of an accident X 6
  • Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Criminal Code 334(b) – Theft over $5,000
Sean Michael Allen will appear in court on April 16, 2014 at 9:30 am in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

Charges laid in Spruce Grove armed robbery

Just before 5:00 am on April 7th, a robbery occurred at the 7-11 convenience store in the Century Crossing business district in Spruce Grove.

A lone male entered the store and demanded money and cigarettes. No weapon was produced, nor were any threats of violence made. After obtaining the money and cigarettes, he departed in a vehicle.

RCMP have charged 28 year old Justin Michael BOS of no fixed address with three offences, including:
  • robbery
  • disguise with intent to commit an offence
  • fail to comply with probation
Justin BOS was arrested in Edmonton, in conjunction with the Edmonton Police Service, who laid 28 charges relating to 5 robberies in their area.

He has been remanded into custody, and will make his first court appearance in Stony Plain Provincial Court on Wednesday, April 16th.

Fort McMurray Tagger Tagged

As a result of an ongoing investigation Wood Buffalo RCMP has charged a local man in relation to countless graffiti tags around Fort McMurray. On Friday April 11, 2014, Mitchell Krevenchuck (20) was arrested and charged with 4 counts of mischief under $5000.00. The RCMP investigation commenced March 14 and included countless hours of investigation, statement taking, surveillance and ultimately a search warrant which lead to Krevenchuck’s arrest. Krevenchuck admitted to over 100 tags in the city of Fort McMurray.

At the time of the search warrant, two additional people were arrested and are facing drug related charges. Close to 100 items were seized in relation to the search, including drugs, drug paraphernalia, over $2400.00 Canadian Currency, as well as graffiti materials.

Krevenchuck has since been released from custody and is to appear in court on April 28, 2014.

RCMP has been able to identify and speak with several victims however the investigation continues and police are looking to speak with any other property owners/representatives who may have been affected. The majority of the graffiti associated with this investigation has been identified as spelled out the following; “PUBES”, “PUBE”, and “PEWB”.

LRPS Charge 3 with thefts from unlocked vehicles

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged three people in connection with a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles in the Sun Ridge and Paradise Canyon neighbourhoods last week.

Two males and a female were arrested the morning of April 11, 2014 in Paradise Canyon after police responded to a report of car prowlers in the area. Police subsequently located a number of unlocked vehicles that had been entered along with numerous items of stolen property. Further investigation also determined that in the preceding nights the two males were also responsible for a series of car prowlings and thefts that had been reported in Sun Ridge. Property from those incidents was also recovered.

In all cases the property – ranging from keys, cell phones, GPS units, credit cards, sunglasses and more – was stolen from unlocked vehicles.

Police remind residents to ALWAYS remove valuables from their vehicles and lock the doors. Car prowling is generally a crime of opportunity, so it’s important to take preventative steps in order to reduce the risk of being victimized.

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Anyone who recognizes an item is asked to contact Cst. Tupper at 403-330-5198. Proof of ownership will be required to claim any recovered property.

Jeffrey David Bobinec, 23, of Lethbridge, is charged with 14 counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of breach of a condition of an undertaking and one count of traffic in property or proceeds under $5,000. He was scheduled to appear in court today.

Mitchell Ryan Foxcroft, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with 12 counts of theft under $5,000 and one count each of mischief under $5,000 and possession of stolen property under $5,000. He was scheduled to appear in court April 25.

Mereanda J Sorensen, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with one count of possession of stolen property. She is scheduled to appear in court May 28.


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