Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Policing in Alberta to June 25, 2014

Composite drawing of suspected playground flasher released

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault in Calgary
Boyle RCMP seeking assistance to locate wanted man
Hinton woman faces charges for disguised energy weapons
Missing cows were never missing
Semi rollover results in spill on Highway 831
Youth missing on the Highwood River
Truck crashes into Two Hills bank
Serious train collision near Innisfail
Calgary man charged with 4 bank robberies

Composite drawing of suspected playground flasher released

Strathcona County RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a male involved in an incident that occurred on Sunday June 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 P.M. in the playground area of the Pine Street Elementary School located at 133 Pine Street, Sherwood Park.

As previously reported, the male suspect approached the two girls who were playing in the sand area of the playground,, started casually talking to them and then exposed his genitals. The young girls, aged 5 years and 8 years old, left the area and were not physically touched or harmed in any way.

The male suspect is described as:
  • a Caucasian male,
  • approximately 20-30 years old, 
  • short shaved hair,
  • short facial hair,
  • wearing black and green shorts,
  • grey t shirt,
  • black baseball cap with a black design, possibly a "B" on it
Anyone with information as to the identity and or whereabouts of this male is asked to contact the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance for information related to a residential break in and sexual assault. Just after 4 am on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 an unknown man entered a residence in the 600 block of Brookpark Drive S.W. Once inside the man made his way into the basement bedroom of a woman in her 20s. The woman woke to find the man standing over her, at which point she was sexually assaulted.

At some point during the assault, the victim kicked the man, knocking him over. The victim was able to run to her parent’s bedroom and call for police. The man fled the residence and was not located upon police arrival.

The man is described as being 5’8” tall with a medium build. He was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie and smelled strongly of cigarette smoke.

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
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Boyle RCMP seeking assistance to locate wanted man

Boyle RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Clayton HARPE who is wanted in relation to recent break ins and thefts of property along Highway 63.

Between June 15th and June 19th, 2014 Boyle RCMP have responded to a number of break-ins and thefts along Highway 63 near Wandering River and Mariana Lakes. On June 22nd, 2014 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Clayton Lane HARPE who is wanted in relation to these occurrences on charges of possession of property obtained by crime, unauthorized possession of firearms, possession of firearms obtained by crime and attempting to traffic in firearms. He remains wanted out of Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche, Alberta as well on unrelated matters.
Wanted: Clayton Harpe

Clayton Lane HARPE, 36 years old, of no fixed address, is described as a fair skinned Metis male standing 6’6” and 250 lbs. HARPE is bald/shaved with brown eyes and may or may not have a goatee.

Clayton HARPE may be operating a red 2013 Dodge Ram crew cab pickup truck with a grill guard, running boards and box rails with Alberta plate BDY 9822. A similar but not the same vehicle is shown in the picture above.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Clayton HARPE is asked to phone the Boyle RCMP Detachment at 780-689-3622, their local Police Detachment, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Hinton woman faces charges for disguised energy weapons

On June 18th, 2014, RCMP responded to a complaint of a Hinton resident attempting to sell a "stun gun" online. Further investigation lead to the seizure of a "Conducted Energy Weapon" (CEW), disguised to look like an iPhone. Less then 24 hours later, Hinton RCMP responded to a complaint of a female causing a disturbance outside of a drinking establishment in the Hinton area.

During the course of the investigation, another CEW also disguised as an iPhone was seized and charges were laid. The Hinton RCMP would like to make the public aware that Conducted Energy Weapons (ie.Tasers, stun guns...), despite being available on the internet, are considered to be prohibited weapons as described in the Criminal Code. As such, those found in possession of same may be charged criminally.

Angela JAMES, 28 years of age, is facing charges including Assault with a Weapon and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. The charges

JAMES has been remanded in custody and will make her first appearance on Wednesday July 2nd in Hinton Provincial Court.

Conducted Energy Weapon disguised as phone

As a result of charges laid, no further information will be released to ensure anything of an evidentiary nature is not disclosed prior to the judicial process.

Missing cows were never missing

The 59 heifers reported missing by an Alberta farmer have been located. Earlier this week, police confirmed that the cattle was reported missing due to a record keeping error on the part of the complainant. The investigation into the whereabouts of the heifers is now closed.

The investigation began when the RCMP received a complaint that the heifers were missing from a rural property near Czar, Alberta. The cattle owner reported to police that he had done several headcounts, that a ground and air search did not locate them and that there was no evidence that they had escaped through a fence. The cattle were all tagged and branded. At the time of the complaint, the owner reported that the cattle had missing for about a month.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the RCMP alerted inspected livestock markets in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia with no result. This suggested to investigators that the cows have not been slaughtered and had perhaps been moved to another location within or beyond Alberta. The RCMP issued a plea for public assistance in finding the cows on June 12th and resulted in numerous calls to police about this and other missing cattle investigations.

The next step in the investigation involved checking the radio frequency tags assigned to the heifers against records at the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA), which is an industry led organization established to promote and protect animal health and food safety concerns in the Canadian cattle herd. This is a very labour intensive process, which in this case would have required investigators to scan all of the cattle in the owner’s possession. Before investigators embarked on that task, the owner was asked to check his records once again. He did so, found the error and contacted police.

“Police investigations go where the facts lead us. In this case the facts led us back home,” said Corporal Dave Heaslip of the Alberta RCMP Livestock Investigation Unit. “If the owner hadn’t discovered the error, it would have certainly picked it up on the CCIA tag scan of the herd. That’s how the system works.”

Semi rollover results in spill on Highway 831

Cleanup from a spill is continuing on Highway 831 after a semi-Tractor carrying crude oil rolled over on June 22nd, 2014 rupturing the tanker trailers. Highway 831 was down to one lane alternating traffic or blocked for portions of the day (yesterday) as the recovery continued.

On June 22nd, 2014 at approximately 10:00 AM a semi-tractor with two trailers was travelling southbound on Highway 831 approximately 15 kilometres south of Boyle. At that time the semi-tractor entered the west ditch and rolled over causing the tanker trailers to rupture. The semi-tractor was carrying crude oil at the time.

Boyle RCMP, Boyle Fire, Thorhild County Emergency Services and Boyle EMS were all dispatched and attended the scene. The driver escaped with only minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital to receive care.

The semi-tractor was recovered on June 23rd in the afternoon by an Edmonton area towing and recovery company. Alberta Environment and HAZMAT crews were on scene to begin the spill recovery. Alberta Transportation and Alberta Environment attended and continue recovery efforts with partner agencies on scene.

“At this time cleanup is continuing with only one lane open to alternating traffic,” says Cst. Alex AYRES. “Motorists are asked to slow down and exercise caution when passing work crews and Boyle ITU is on scene and will be proactively enforcing traffic laws in the area.”

Boyle RCMP are continuing to investigate this collision. At this time alcohol and weather are not believed to be a factor; however, investigators have not ruled out other factors such as mechanical failure or driver error.

Youth missing on the Highwood River

In the early evening of June 22, 2014 a 19 year old man and four of his friends were in the NW Okotoks Detachment area at Nature's Hideaway on the Highwood River banks near where it enters the Bow River. The youth, who has been identified by friends as Justin MacNEIL decided to go for a swim. He was almost immediately caught up in the current and was swept downstream. His friends called 911 at 7:15 pm. Okotoks and Turner Valley RCMP officers, Okotoks and Foothills Fire Departments responded with boats to search the River, it's banks and surrounding area. Calgary Police Service HAWCS attended as well and extensive patrols were made of the area as well as 10 kms downstream. Efforts to this time have brought negative results.

The River is high due to recent rains, it is fast moving, cold and filled with silt and debris. Police are cautioning the public to take care near river banks.

Yesterday morning RCMP utilized an unmanned aerial system to reassess the search area, as well as any potential risks. RCMP helicopters will be in the area Wednesday morning and will be conducting aerial patrols.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Okotoks RCMP at 403.938.4202

Truck crashes into Two Hills bank

Shortly after 1:30 pm on June 23, 2014 Two Hills RCMP were called to a complaint of a pickup truck which had collided with a bank in Two Hills, Alberta. Police arrived to see a truck had driven through the front doors of the Battle River Credit Union and was now parked partially inside the building. The driver, an 86 year-old Two Hills man was not injured. Luckily no other injuries were reported as the bank was open at the time of the crash. Police report there is extensive damage to the 2011 GMC Sierra driven by the man, and the building itself. The matter is still under investigation and a provincial traffic charges are being considered. Preliminary investigation shows that driver error may have been a contributing factor to the collision. Alcohol, drugs and speed are not believed to be factors.

Serious train collision near Innisfail

Today, June 24th, 2014 at 6:10 am, Innisfail RCMP were dispatched to a serious collision on the rail line at Township Road 362, approximately 2 kilometers north of Innisfail. A south Bound Canadian Pacific Rail train struck a loader working on the rail construction site at that location.

Innisfail Fire Department and EMS responded and removed an unconscious 44 year old male who was operating the loader.

Highway 2A was closed briefly to allow for STARS Air Ambulance to attend and transport the male with indeterminate injuries, to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

This collision is still under investigation and no charges have been laid at this time.

Calgary man charged with 4 bank robberies

The Calgary Police Service has arrested a man in connection with four bank robberies that took place during this month.

In each of these robberies, the man entered a Scotiabank location and produced a note demanding cash. He was given an undisclosed amount of money and he fled. The robberies occurred at the following locations:
  • Thursday, June 5, 2014 at approximately 11 a.m., at the Scotiabank located in the 2000 block of 33 Avenue S.W.
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at approximately 12:30 p.m., at the Scotiabank located in the 4900 block of Richmond Road S.W.
  • Monday, June 16, 2014, at approximately 12:30 p.m., at the Scotiabank located in the 1900 block of Southland Drive S.W.
  • Monday, June 23, 2014, at approximately 11 a.m., at the Scotiabank in the 6400 block of Crowchild Trail S.W.
No one was injured during these robberies.

As a result of the similarities in each of these incidents, the Calgary Police Service had been monitoring the area and uniformed officers were able to arrest the man yesterday, after he fled on foot. He was arrested without incident.

Bradley James CARSON, 27, of Calgary, is charged with four counts of bank robbery.

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