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Friday, October 24, 2014

Policing in Alberta to October 24, 2014

Missing Lac La Biche teens
Missing Edson woman Natasha Klok
Search for ATB bank robber update #1
"Hold and Secure" at St. Albert schools
Innisfail gas station robbery possibly an inside job
Happy ending to search for missing hunter
Search for ATB bank robber update #1
Cross Iron Mills theft suspects sought
Two arrested for Red Deer residential break-in
B&E in Gibbons
Luggage incident at Edmonton Airport deemed harmless
Replica firearm seized and drug charges laid
Downward trend for Alberta traffic collision fatalities
Message from Her Majesty The Queen
Alberta flags lowered to honour fallen Canadian soldiers
RCMP Commissioner's update on Ottawa incidents

Missing Lac La Biche teens

Lac La Biche RCMP are requesting the public.s assistance in locating two youth who were reported as "running away" on October 19, 2014 at approximately 8:00 pm.

After extensive checks Lac La Biche RCMP believe that the two youth are no longer in the Lac La Biche area. Police are asking that the public assist in locating 15 year old Mabel ROASTING and 13 year old Braden STRAWBERRY.

Missing: Mabel Roasting

Missing: Braden Strawberry
Descriptions:

Mabel ROASTING:

Aboriginal;
15 years old;
Medium complexion;
Height:  5'8";
Weight:  160lbs;
Long dark brown hair;
Brown eyes;
Slim build;
Dark grey hoodie;
Blue jeans.

Braden STRAWBERRY:

Aboriginal;
13 years old;
Medium complexion;
Height:  5'3"cm;
Weight:  130lbs;
Short dark brown hair;
Brown eyes;
slim build;
Black toque;
Black t-shirt;
Black pants.

The primary concern of the RCMP in this investigation is to locate both ROASTING and STRAWBERRY and ensure they are safe.

If you can provide any information or know the whereabouts of these persons please contact your local RCMP, Lac La Biche RCMP at (780) 623-4380 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Missing Edson woman Natasha Klok

Edson RCMP

Police are requesting public assistance in locating Natasha KLOK. She is 27 years old and was last seen on October 2 in Edson. She has been reported missing to the Edson RCMP. We ask that if you have any information as to her whereabouts please call the Edson RCMP and provide us with this information. Her family just want to know that she is OK. Natasha is from British Columbia and has been known to be around Edmonton, Morinville and Wetaskiwin. At this time she has no fixed address and we hope that the public can help us locate her to ensure she is fine.

Missing: Natasha Klok (2013 photo)

Natasha KLOK is described as:

  • Very short brown hair
  • Hazel eyes
  • 175 cm ,  5' 9"
  • 75 kg , 166 lbs
  • Tattoo on right forearm of scorpion.
  • Last seen wearing black sweater, grey sweat pants, black baseball cap with a green logo and blue shoes with multi coloured laces.
  • She was seen driving a white 1996 Buick Regal with a BC marker and the car has been recovered by Edson RCMP.

If you have any information in regards to Natasha KLOK please contact the Edson RCMP at 780-723-8822.


Search for ATB bank robber update #1

Red Deer RCMP now have surveillance photos and a more detailed description of the male suspect responsible for robbing the ATB Financial located in Bower Place Shopping Centre parking lot at approximately 12:50 pm yesterday. No one was injured during the robbery.

ATB robber

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • 5’5” tall
  • Approximately 175 lbs
  • Pale skin with flushed red cheeks
  • Wearing a bright red or pink jacket, black and white checkered pants and white shoes


Please see attached photos.

RCMP will send updates as new information becomes available.

Anyone with information that may assist the police in identifying the suspect responsible for this crime is asked to call 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

Cross Iron Mills theft suspects sought

Airdrie RCMP

On September 24th, 2014, at approximately 11:50 am, two female suspects entered the Below the Belt store at Cross Iron Mills. One female distracted store staff while the other woman removed security control tags and concealed two pairs of jeans in her purse.

Both females departed the store, and when the store entrance alarm sounded, quickened their pace to avoid staff. Staff then contacted police.

Airdrie Rural RCMP attended and collected witness statements and video surveillance.

Theft suspect
The females are described as:

Suspect 1
  • Female
  • Caucasian
  • Short blonde hair
  • Heavy set
  • Wearing all black with brown boots
Suspect 2
  • Female
  • Caucasian
  • Blonde Hair in a bun
  • Heavy set 
  • Wearing dark clothing

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 www.tipsubmit.com. 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.

"Hold and Secure" at St. Albert schools

St. Albert RCMP

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m. St. Albert RCMP received an urgent call regarding an emotionally disturbed 25 year old male who was believed to be inside a residence on Mount Royal Drive, in the City of St. Albert.  The information received led police to believe that there was a possible firearm in the residence or in the possession of the male.

As a precautionary measure, because of the close proximity of the residence and the school, RCMP placed Ecole Father Jane Elementary School in a “Hold and Secure” position to ensure the safety of the staff and students.S t. Albert Catholic High School, Vincent J. Maloney Junior High School, and Alexander Tache School were also placed in a "Hold and Secure" position.

St. Albert RCMP members resolved the situation peacefully.  One male and one female were taken into custody and two firearms were located and seized in the residence.

At this time the matter is still under investigation and charges are pending.

The schools were released from the “Hold and Secure” position at approximately 2:00 pm.

Innisfail gas station robbery possibly an inside job

Innisfail RCMP

On August 7, 2014,the Innisfail RCMP Detachment entered into a theft investigation after receiving a report of a lone adult male having entered the Centex Gas station, located in Penhold Alberta, wearing a mask and completing a theft of cash from the store.  This was at approximately 1:00 am.  At that time there was a lone female clerk working.

As of October 19, 2014 the investigation remains ongoing, however, the RCMP can report that the female clerk has been charged as an accomplice before the fact of the theft.  The female is 30 years old and lives in Penhold, but cannot be identified at this time.

The investigation revealed she was complicit in the execution of the crime and a party to the offence accordingly.  Charges of theft under $5000.00 and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an offence have been pursued.

The investigation continues into the identification of the male suspect involved.  The Innisfail RCMP is looking for any possible assistance from the public with any information regarding knowledge of the offence or suspects.
RCMP Search for Missing Hunter

Happy ending to search for missing hunter

Wood Buffalo RCMP

On Thursday October 23 at 6:20pm, Wood Buffalo RCMP received a report of a missing hunter approximately 100 kilometers north of Fort McMurray. Police searched for 31 year old Trevor SIMON of Fort McMurray. He was in a canoe on the Athabasca River with a friend and dropped the friend off on shore with the intentions of meeting at a landing down river. After an hour had passed, the friend reported that Mr. Simon never showed up at the agreed location.

RCMP Search and Rescue Teams using All-Terrain Vehicles were deployed to assist in the search. Shortly after 3:30 am on Friday October 24th, it was confirmed Trevor SIMON was located uninjured. He was able to find his way to an all-terrain vehicle trail and located some members of the public on ATVs. It appears strong currents in the river at the time prevented Mr. Simon from meeting his friend at the landing and was unable to get to shore. Mr. Simon received first aid by RCMP members on scene and was transported to hospital as a precaution due to being exposed to the elements for an extended period of time.

Although this search had a positive ending, police would like to remind the public not to engage in search efforts if not trained to do so, especially in a wilderness area.

Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank all who assisted in this search and its successful conclusion.


Two arrested for Red Deer residential break-in

Red Deer RCMP arrested two men after receiving a number of phone calls about suspicious behaviour in the Rosedale neighbourhood of Red Deer on October 15. At approximately 12:30 pm that day, the two men were going from home to home, knocking on doors. When residents answered their doors, the men claimed they were responding to an online ad about a bike for sale and must have the wrong address, after which the men departed. RCMP patrols located the men, who ran from the area when they saw police; the men were quickly located again and detained by Police Dog Services. RCMP investigation of the afternoon’s events revealed that a home in the area had just been broken into.

38 year old Shane Harvey Yanke has been charged with:

  • Criminal Code 348(1)(b) – Break and enter, residential
  • Criminal Code 351(1) – Possess break-in instruments
  • Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist, obstruct peace officer

36 year old Mark Allen Woodcock has been charged with:

  • Criminal Code 348(1)(b) – Break and enter, residential
  • Criminal Code 355B – Possess stolen property under $5000
  • Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist, obstruct peace officer

Both Yanke and Woodcock made their first appearances in court on October 16, and have been remanded in custody. They will both appear in court again for election and plea at 9:30 am on October 29 in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

B&E in Gibbons

Morinville RCMP

At approximately October 23, 2014 the Morinville RCMP were dispatched to a commercial motion alarm at the Alberta Treasury Branch located at 4740 50 avenue in Town of Gibbons. Suspects attempted to gain entry to the ATM machine by way of an adjoining business. Suspects enter the adjoining business and broke thru the cinder block wall attempting to gain access to the ATM machine.

The investigation is ongoing.

Luggage incident at Edmonton Airport deemed harmless 

On October 22, 2014 shortly before 7:00 a.m., RCMP at the Edmonton International Airport were called to investigate what appeared to be a suspicious piece of luggage.  CATSA had identified a bag which appeared suspicious in nature and, as a precautionary measure, the area was evacuated and the piece of luggage secured in a remote area of the airport.  This practice was executed as per RCMP training and procedure.

An RCMP police service dog and handler, trained in bomb detection and with the guidance of the Explosive Disposal Unit, attended and determined that the luggage was safe.

The traveler associated to the luggage was isolated.  After an interview with RCMP investigators and upon determination that the item detected was a personal item of no threat, the traveler was then allowed to continue on the flight.

This matter was an isolated event of no threat to the public and the investigation has been concluded.

Replica firearm seized and drug charges laid

Grande Prairie RCMP

On October 22 at approximately 5:30 p.m. the Grande Prairie RCMP responded to reports of a male walking around in the vicinity of 108 Street and 107 Avenue with a pistol in his jacket.  Numerous units, along with a police service dog converged on the scene and took the male and female into custody without incident.

The investigation revealed that the male was in possession of a realistic replica pistol.  The female was found in possession of what is believed to be a controlled substance.  Fortunately, this incident ended without anyone be injured.

The male was released without charges.  A 20 year old female from Grande Prairie is facing a charge under the CDSA for possession of a controlled substance.  She will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court at a later date.

The indirect consequences of this investigation was that traffic was effected as numerous police resources converged on the scene to ensure public safety.

Replica handgun
A photograph of the replica that was recovered during the course of the investigation is attached to this release.  The only way that these replicas can be differentiated from a firearm is to closely examine them.  If you own or possess a realistic replica firearm, do not carry it in plain view or assume that other people will assume it is not a real firearm.  When the RCMP are alerted to call of this nature, police are forced to investigate these instances as if they are potential threat to cause serious bodily harm or death to the public.   Keep it locked in a case and out of plain sight, if it must leave your home, and do not alter it to make it  appear more realistic.

Downward trend for Alberta traffic collision fatalities

Government of Alberta

The 2013 Traffic Collision Statistics show the overall fatality rate continues on a downward trend.

While the numbers fluctuate from year-to-year, traffic fatalities have declined by 22 per cent since Alberta’s first Traffic Safety Plan was introduced in 2007. The number of fatalities has dropped from 458 fatalities in 2007 to 358 in 2013.

There were a total of 141,638 collisions and 18,650 injuries on the roads last year – which is an increase of more than 5,000 collisions compared to 2012.

In the past year the number of drivers has increased by 80,306 and the number of vehicles is up by 128,195. Traffic volumes on our provincial highways have also jumped by 3.42 per cent.

“We recognize the challenges more drivers and vehicles present on our roads as our province continues to grow. But these numbers are further proof that all of us – and that means every Albertan – must take personal responsibility to ensure that others get home safely at the end of the day.” - Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation
Approximately 86 per cent of Albertans rate their own driving skills as good or excellent but the statistics show almost 87 per cent of collisions were the result of driver error.

“We encourage drivers to enjoy all Alberta has to offer. While out and about across the province, we ask all drivers to put safety first and be focused behind the wheel.” - Jonathan Denis, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
Since 2007, the Government of Alberta has worked with its traffic safety partners to implement the Traffic Safety Plan, the first strategy of its kind in Canada. This critical work continues under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan 2015.


Message from Her Majesty The Queen following the tragedy in Ottawa

“Prince Philip and I were shocked and saddened by the events in Ottawa yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. ELIZABETH R.”

Alberta flags lowered to honour fallen Canadian soldiers

Government of Alberta

In recognition of the tragic loss of Canadian Forces soldiers in recent attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, the flags at the Alberta Legislature will fly at half mast on October 23 and 24.

Premier Jim Prentice has also directed that the flags be lowered to half-mast at Government House in Edmonton, McDougall Centre in Calgary, the Alberta Sheriff’s Training Academy in Edmonton and at provincial correctional facilities across Alberta.

The half-masting will take place from sunrise on Thursday, October 23 to sunset on Friday, October 24.

RCMP update on Ottawa incident

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RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for joining us.

We want to provide an update on certain aspects of the terrible events that unfolded yesterday in downtown Ottawa and on Parliament Hill.

Foremost, I would like to extend condolences on behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to the friends and family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

Our sympathies are with our friends in the Canadian Forces, who have tragically lost another member of their family this week to senseless violence.

Our thoughts are also with those who sustained injuries in yesterday’s incident, and those who were kept from their loved ones during the tense hours of lock-downs while police searched for other possible suspects.

As we all now know, the suspect has been identified as Michael Joseph Zehaf-Bibeau, 32 years old.  He is a Canadian citizen, and we have information that he may have had dual Libyan / Canadian citizenship.  He was born in Montreal has lived in Calgary and most recently in Vancouver.

Here is what the RCMP knew about Zehaf-Bibeau before the incidents:

We were aware that he had applied recently for a passport as we were contacted to conduct background checks.  The RCMP did not possess information at that time that would reveal any National Security-related criminality.

His criminal records indicated infractions related to drug, violence and other criminal activities.

The RCMP also had uncorroborated information suggesting that he had associations with an individual who is known to us.  I can confirm that Zehaf-Bibeau was not one of the 90 high risk travelers that the RCMP is currently investigating.  According to some accounts, he was an individual who may have held extremist beliefs.

We have learned through the current investigation that this individual has been in Ottawa since at least October 2nd, 2014, that he was in town to deal with a passport issue but that he was hoping to leave for Syria.

We also learned yesterday that the beige vehicle used by the suspect was purchased on October 21, 2014.

There were concerns at the initial stage of the emergency response that there may have been more than one individual involved.  Our partners at the Ottawa Police Service and the RCMP agree that yesterday Zehaf-Bibeau acted alone and that he is the same person that perpetrated the attacks at both the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.

The investigation is ongoing and will rapidly determine if Zehaf-Bibeau received any support in the planning of his attack.

We have no information linking the two attacks this week, in St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu and in Ottawa.  Our investigation has not revealed any link between Zehaf-Bibeau and Martin Couture-Rouleau, the individual who perpetrated the attack against member of our Canadian Forces in Quebec.

These are difficult threats to detect.

There is no way of knowing where or when such an attack could take place.

I can provide you with a brief timeline of events as we understand them at this point.

Let me start by playing a video on how events unfolded yesterday and then I’ll explain in more detail.

Associated Press

Witnesses interviewed by Ottawa Police Services reported seeing the shooter, at around 9:50 coming from behind the War Memorial on the West side where he fires twice at Reservist Nathan Cirillo.

The shooter is positioned on an angle behind the victim where they cannot see him coming (as they are facing south). The shooter fires one shot at the second guard, but he missed him. Witnesses heard the suspect yelling something in English and then running towards the north.

The investigation revealed that he used the beige vehicle and headed to Wellington.

The first calls received via 911 were around 09:52:36

From the National War Memorial the suspect drove North on Wellington Street and parked his vehicle at 9:52:23 in front of the Elgin entrance.

He accessed the grounds of Parliament Hill at 9:52:31 on foot and started running toward East Block where MP vehicles were parked.

At 9:53:16, video footage shows the suspect overtook one of these vehicles and drove toward Center Block.

At 9:53:37, he immobilized the vehicle on the left side of the Peace Tower and started running toward the main doors of Center Block.  At that time, RCMP vehicles on site chased the suspect to the entrance of Center Block.

The suspect entered Center Block at 9:53:46, seconds before the RCMP officers that were chasing him were able to reach the doors.

It took approximately 1 minute and 23 seconds between the time the suspect parked the beige car and entered Center Block.

Once inside Centre Block, the suspect engaged in a fire exchange with the House of Commons Security and RCMP officers. The exact details of this exchange are still under investigation. We need to recognize the courage of all officers involved in this fluid and dangerous situation.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no longer an immediate threat however we continue to exercise increased vigilance, and are taking extra precautions to ensure that Canadians remain safe across the country.

Until we are able to fully review the current threat picture, additional security measures have been taken to increase surveillance of suspected high risk travelers currently under investigation across the country.

This is an unsettling event for all of us.  Though we are calling on everyone to remain vigilant, I want to stress that you are safe.  Your families are safe.

It is disheartening and frightening to anyone – police included– when a senseless act of violence takes place in Canada.

I would like to acknowledge the response of RCMP members, Parliamentary security and Ottawa Police officers, who rushed into a dangerous and volatile situation.  We had a total of 400 resources deployed to Parliament Hill yesterday.  This included investigators, intelligence, emergency response teams, technical support, crisis negotiators, incident commanders, tactical troops and more.

I realize there will be many questions regarding the RCMP’s role in protecting the Parliamentary Precinct.

I can tell you, it is certainly a challenging security environment.

We must balance the need to be responsive to potential threats and risks to our Parliamentarians, their staff and the general public, with the freedom to allow for secure and democratic access in and around our institutions of government.

I want to close by thanking the public who respected and tolerated the security perimeters established in downtown Ottawa yesterday, along with the many other citizens who patiently waited in lock-down until the scene was secure.

There was a large volume of people at the scene of the incident and it took time to process them and ensure their safety.

Your cooperation was invaluable to officers who were trying to get a difficult job done under very stressful circumstances.

I also want to acknowledge the media who took time to sift through facts in order to provide timely and accurate information to the public.

We understand that when such terrible incidents happen, there is an appetite to know as much as possible - as soon as possible.

Trust that we want to provide you this information, but we also must respect protocol regarding notification of kin, along with protecting the integrity of the investigation of an incident that was still ongoing at the time.

Our investigation continues and is complex in scope.  We will be increasing our uniformed presence for the immediate future by adding an additional rapid response capability.

Be assured we have the right people working to accomplish the large task at hand.

We ask for the public’s continued patience as we continue to investigate this matter.

These tragic events underscore how we all must take active measures to ensure we protect that the safety and security of all Canadians.

Look out for each other. Remain vigilant, but know that Canada remains strong and free.

Stay safe.

Thank you.

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