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Monday, April 28, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 28, 2014

press releases
  • Grande Prairie teenager missing FOUND
  • Edmonton suspect wanted for assault
  • MD of Pincher Creek Enhanced Policing Quarterly Report
  • Pincher Creek RCMP complaint summary for the week of April 21-28, 2014
  • Man arrested for pepper spray attack on Cross Iron Mills Mall employees
  • Mischief to well site near Brooks
  • Municipal traffic enforcement in Wood Buffalo
  • RCMP seeking witnesses to suspicious Grande Prairie fire
  • Arson to public washrooms at Lake Stafford Park
  • Crime victims in flood-affected areas of southern Alberta to receive additional support
  • Man arrested after flight from RCMP in Blackfalds
  • Alberta 911 Act in effect
  • Swatting incident in Edmonton
  • Grande Cache RCMP recover stolen firearms and stolen vehicle
  • Calgary man's disappearance now a homicide investigation UPDATED
  • Fatal shooting in west-end Edmonton apartment suite
  • Man charged for woman's death in Castle Downs
  • Nearly $50,000 worth of drugs seized by ALERT
Grande Prairie teenager missing FOUND

Edmonton suspect wanted for assault

The Edmonton Police Service is requesting assistance in locating a suspect and vehicle that were involved in a violent assault in the West end yesterday.

On Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. a violent incident allegedly occurred in a residence in the area of 165 Street and 83 Avenue where an altercation took place between a man and a woman who are known to each other.

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Wanted: Jason Robert Way
Jason Robert Way, 38, is wanted on warrants for housebreaking, mischief under $5000 (x 2), intimidation, theft of motor vehicle, theft under $5000, assault with weapon and breach of recognizance.

Way is described as a Caucasian male, with a medium build. He is 5’9” tall, weighs about 170 lbs, has brown eyes and light brown hair. He may be wearing glasses.

Way is believed to be driving a stolen 2003 Ford F150, light brown in colour with the Alberta license plate BKW0823.

The Edmonton Police Service has been in contact with the RCMP as they believe Way may be driving to Fort McMurray.

Way is believed to be violent and dangerous. The public should not approach Way. Call police immediately.

Anyone who has information about this suspect and/or vehicle 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 www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

MD of Pincher Creek Enhanced Policing Quarterly Report
Cst. Doug Sokoloski, Rural Community Policing Officer, RCMP Pincher Creek

January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014
  • Distance driven: 10,700km
  • Violation tickets issued: 123
  • Violation ticket locations: Beaver Mines - 54, Hwy 3/6/507 - 8, Hwy 22 - 61
  • Patrols to: Beaver Mines - 24, Lundbreck - 28, Twin Butte - 5
Cumulative totals for period June 1. 2009 to March 31, 2014
  • Distance driven: 195,704km
  • Violation tickets issued: 3,017
  • Violation ticket location: Beaver Mines -1,065, Hwy 3/6/507 - 350, Hwy 22 - 1,602
  • Patrols to: Beaver Mines - 569, Lundbreck - 583, Twin Butte - 131
  • Public meetings/events attended: 198
Pincher Creek RCMP complaint summary for the week of April 21-28, 2014
  • Assaults - 4
  • Break and Enter(residential) - 1
  • Theft Under $5000 - 1
  • Drugs - 1
  • Disturbing the Peace - 3
  • MV Collisions - 3
  • Liquor Offences - 2
  • Suspicious Occurrences (general) - 3
  • Assistance to other agencies - 2
  • False Alarms - 2
  • 911 calls (invalid) - 3
  • Animal Calls - 2
  • Prisoners held - 1

Man arrested for pepper spray attack on Cross Iron Mills Mall employees

A man has been arrested and charged with one count of Theft, three counts of Assault with a Weapon, one count of Resist Arrest, one count of Carry a Concealed Weapon, one count of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, and one count of Possession of Weapon Dangerous to Public.

On April 24th, 2014 at approximately 3:30pm, Marc Steve POWELL, 18, of Calgary, Alberta, attempted to steal several pairs of jeans from a store in the Cross Iron Mills Mall, totaling $1,664.99. POWELL then fled the store. Store employees and mall security pursued POWELL, and engaged in a struggle with him. POWELL deployed a concealed can of pepper spray at the employees and security personnel and then continued flight towards Highway 2.

Airdrie RCMP Traffic members intercepted and continued to chase POWELL on foot. POWELL flagged down a vehicle which was subsequently pulled over by members of Airdrie RCMP Traffic Services, Airdrie Rural, and RCMP Police Dog Service.

POWELL was arrested without any further incident. Store employees and Security personnel were treated for Pepper Spray exposure by Alberta Health Services and released. All stolen property was recovered.

POWELL has been remanded into custody pending his first court appearance.

Mischief to well site near Brooks

Sometime between March 1, 2014 and April 1, 2014, unknown persons used high power rifles to fire multiple rounds into the well site located southwest of Highway 1 and Highway 36, causing substantial damage to equipment.

If you have information on this, a video surveillance camera around those residences, or any other crime, please contact the Brooks RCMP Detachment at 403-794-4400 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Municipal traffic enforcement in Wood Buffalo

On Friday, April 25 the Wood Buffalo RCMP Municipal Traffic unit was conducting speeding operations throughout the municipality. As a result of the 6 hour traffic operation the following tickets were issued:
  • 48 speeding violations
  • 1 distracted driving violation
  • 1 intersection violation
One particular driver was issued a violation ticket after they were caught driving 166km/h in a 60km/h zone.

Whether a scheduled traffic operation is in place or an officer is conducting a regular patrol, the Wood Buffalo Traffic Unit is dedicated to ensuring all drivers abide by the rules of the road and are driving in a safe manner.

RCMP seeking witnesses to suspicious Grande Prairie fire

On April 20, 2014, at approximately 6:20 p.m. the Grande Prairie Fire Department advised police that the train bridge south of 99 avenue in Muskoseepi park, was on fire. The investigation into the cause of this fire is still ongoing.

Grande Prairie RCMP are asking anyone who has information relating to the fire or knows of someone who witnessed the fire, to please contact the detachment at 780-830-5701.

Arson to public washrooms at Lake Stafford Park

On the 22nd of April 2014, at 10:30am, a City of Brooks employee discovered that the public washrooms at Lake Stafford Park had been vandalized. The inside of the women’s washroom had been destroyed by fire. It is believed the arson occurred sometime overnight, between the 21st and 22nd of April 2014.

Crime victims in flood-affected areas of southern Alberta to receive additional support

Foothills Regional Victim Services will be able to help more victims of crime in the High River, Nanton, Turner Valley and Okotoks area with additional grant funding being provided.

“The staff and volunteers of Foothills Regional Victim Services have played an important role in assisting victims of crime in the region. This additional support for the organization will help them address the increased requests for service since the floods of last June. Victims need to be heard and the Government of Alberta continues to answer their call for help.” - Jonathan Denis, Minister of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

The province is providing Foothills Regional Victim Services with a grant of $115,000.

“The funding from the Alberta government will assist us in enhancing the support and services Foothills Victim Services provides. This will assist us in meeting the increase in requests for our services throughout the area.” - Kerri Wilkinson, Program Coordinator, Foothills Regional Victim Services
Foothills Regional Victim Services is also receiving more than $350,000 as part of a three-year grant through the Victims of Crime Fund. The additional $115,000 is a two-year grant that will help the unit expand resources and respond to the growing needs of the area.

The organization helps victims requiring immediate crisis intervention, emotional support and practical assistance. Advocates accompany victims to court, provide information on bail hearings and help them fill out victim impact statements.

Man arrested after flight from RCMP in Blackfalds

On 2014-04-27 at 02:50 a.m. the Blackfalds RCMP were checking a suspicious truck within the town limits of Blackfalds. The truck sped off and eluded police by driving in a manner dangerous to the public. Police located the vehicle a short time later and approached the truck. The driver, who was hiding in the truck, started it and rammed a police vehicle in an attempt to flee. The truck then rammed two other police vehicles, whereby a police officer discharged his service pistol. The truck then fled the scene. The abandoned truck was found by police in a rural area north of Blackfalds. The truck had been stolen from Red Deer on April 23, 2014

At 07:47 a.m. Blackfalds RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious male in an industrial area on the west side of Highway 2. Blackfalds police attended and found a male who entered a gated business and moved a front end loader within the yard. This male matched the description of the driver of the truck that fled from police earlier in the night, and was subsequently arrested.

Sang Ho SON, 36, of Red Deer has been charged with 2 counts of Assault with a Weapon, Flight from Police, Dangerous Driving, Break, Enter and Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Controlled Substance. SON appears in Red Deer Provincial Court on April 29th.

The Calgary RCMP Major Crime and General Investigation Sections are assisting with this investigation.

Alberta 911 Act in effect

Over the last several years the Wood Buffalo RCMP and Regional Emergency Services have been inundated with frivolous and false 911 calls. These calls can be time consuming and take emergency services away from an actual emergency.

911 is intended for emergency purposes and should only be dialed in such situations. A frivolous or false 911 call is not an emergency, however still requires the same initial investigation as any other emergency call and therefore ties up resources, diverting their focus and attention from real emergency situations.

On April 1, 2014 the Alberta Emergency 911 Act was proclaimed and put into effect.

The act states under Section 8 that no person shall make a frivolous or vexatious 911 call. A person that contravenes this can be guilty and held liable for a first offence to a fine of no more than $5000 and for a subsequent offence to a fine of no more than $10,000. To see the full act visit the following website; www.qp.alberta.ca.

Swatting incident in Edmonton

On Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 just after 11 p.m. the Edmonton Police Service responded to a weapons complaint at a residence in the area of 67 Street and 101A Avenue.

Southeast Division patrol officers, Tactical Section, Canine Unit, Air-one, the Duty Officer and EMS responded to the address and set up a Command Post to safely resolve the situation.

The investigation revealed the residents were victims of a prank known as “swatting.”

Swatting is a false report given to 911 emergency services about a serious incident often involving weapons, and giving the illusion of lives at risk. Often these calls occur within the video gaming sphere and can make it difficult to find out where the call originates from.

“This is a crime of public mischief,” says Insp. Regan James. “These false calls can put a significant strain on emergency services and resources and affect other legitimate calls for service.”

Police continue to investigate.

Grande Cache RCMP recover stolen firearms and stolen vehicle

At approximately 10:30am, on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, the Grande Cache RCMP apprehended male with a stolen pickup outside a local business. A search of the stolen pickup resulted in the seizure of multiple stolen firearms and ammunition. The firearms had been reported as stolen from a residence in Grande Prairie the previous evening.

Kenneth Henry GIENGER (43) has been remanded in custody and has been charged with several offences relating to the possession of stolen property and firearm offences.

Calgary man's disappearance now a homicide investigation

A man reported missing by his family this past February is believed to have met with foul play and his disappearance is now being investigated by the Homicide Unit.

Missing, presumed murdered: Suryan Giama

Suryan GIAMA, 25, was last seen by a family member on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at a residence in Woodbine, Calgary. He has not been seen or heard from since by his family.

GIAMA’s dark grey, 2007 four-door Toyota Camry was recovered in southwest Calgary on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

A thorough investigation, which included several searches in and around Calgary, has led detectives to believe GIAMA was likely murdered. Officers are now working to trace his final movements prior to his disappearance.

GIAMA is described as being of Somalian descent, approximately 6’ tall, 150 lbs., with a slim build and a goatee.


UPDATE July 7, 2014:

Missing person Suryan Giama found deceased at Stoney Nakoda First Nation

Police have recovered the body of a man reported missing by his family in February.
At approximately 1 p.m., on Monday, June 30, 2014, Cochrane RCMP received a phone call from a citizen who located what appeared to be human remains on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation near Morley. The RCMP notified the Calgary Police Service and the remains were collected and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Following an autopsy, the remains were identified as 25-year-old Suryan GIAMA. The cause of death remains undetermined at this time and the police investigation is continuing. Next of kin has been notified.

GIAMA was last seen by a family member on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at a residence in Woodbine. His dark grey, 2007 four-door Toyota Camry was recovered in southwest Calgary on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. A thorough investigation, which included several searches in and around Calgary, led detectives to believe he was deceased. Officers continue to trace his final movements prior to his disappearance and death.

Anyone with information about GIAMA’s disappearance 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.crimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Fatal shooting in west-end Edmonton apartment suite

The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section is investigating a fatal shooting that took place in a west-end apartment suite late this afternoon.

Police responded to a report of a male being shot in an apartment suite in the area of 89 Avenue and 149 Street at approximately 4:18 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  EPS officers discovered a deceased adult male who appeared to in his 30s.  EMS paramedics attempted to resuscitate the male but were unsuccessful.  An autopsy for the man is expected to take place early next week.

Police are in the initial stages of the investigation and are currently interviewing witnesses from the apartment building to determine what happened.  There are no suspect descriptions at this time.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.  Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Man charged for woman's death in Castle Downs

Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives have charged a man in connection with the death of a woman who was discovered with serious injuries in a north Edmonton residence.

At approximately 9:56 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, EMS and EPS responded to a call regarding an injured woman at a house in the area of Warwick Road. A 54-year-old female was discovered inside the residence with serious injuries. EMS treated and transported the woman to hospital. Late on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the woman passed away in hospital.

The woman has been identified as Aileen “Gina” Robinson, 54. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Friday, April 25, 2014, and determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. The death is considered a homicide.

Over the course of the investigation, it was learned that the injuries were the result of an aggravated assault that the woman sustained within the home.

Gilbert Paul Robinson, 58, has been charged with second degree murder. The accused is in police custody.

Nearly $50,000 worth of drugs seized by ALERT

Nearly $50,000 worth of drugs were seized after search warrants were executed in Medicine Hat and Dunmore by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).

ALERT’s Medicine Hat Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), an integrated team made up Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) and RCMP members, executed the two search warrants of April 26th to conclude a drug investigation.

In total, investigators seized 365 grams of cocaine, 1.1 kilograms of marihuana, and $1,700 cash. The street value of the drugs is estimated at $47,600.

Matthew Hillier, 28, of Medicine Hat faces five drug charges, including:
  • Possession of a controlled substance (x 2); 
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2); 
  • Possession of proceeds of crime.

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