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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Policing in Alberta to October 29, 2014

Missing Edmonton senior Richard Reyes
Sylvan Lake armed robber sought
Edmonton missing persons case turned over to Homicide
Airdrie ATM robbery suspect sought
Fatal MVC at Marianna Lakes
St. Albert pedestrian vs vehicle collision
Fort McMurray man charged with voyeurism
Man pleads guilty in Fort Chipeweyan pot case
Halloween tips and treats
Lock your vehicle and take your keys
Arrest Made in Rash of Mischiefs in Vegreville
Tires slashed in Peace River
Single vehicle rollover near Consort
Ebola phishing scams and malware campaigns
Woman assaulted in Edmonton
Exhibition reveals “the artist inside” inmates
Multiple B&Es in southeast Edmonton
Edmonton stabbing suspect charged
Edmonton young offender charged with sexual assault
Fort McMurray man charged with Aggravated Assault


Missing Edmonton senior Richard Reyes

The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 79-year-old male diagnosed with dementia, who went missing yesterday morning, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

Missing: Richard Reyes
Richard Reyes was last seen at his assisted-living residence near 96 Avenue and 172 Street, at approximately 8:30 am Tuesday. 

He is described as being 5’8” tall, approximately 180 lbs., with tanned skin. He has grey or black-coloured hair with a clean-cut style. 

He may have been wearing a brown or grey long-sleeved jacket with a front zipper and blue jeans. Reyes’ disappearance is considered out-of-character. He is known as a frequent shopper and traveller, and normally goes to Oliver Square in the downtown area. He may be travelling by bus or taxi.

Anyone who may have information on this senior citizen’s whereabouts 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

Sylvan Lake armed robber sought

Sylvan Lake RCMP

On October 27, 2014 the Plaza Liquor Store located on 50(a) street in Sylvan Lake was robbed by a male armed with a large screw driver. The suspect left the location on foot and took an undisclosed amount of cash and liquor.


An RCMP composite sketch artist assisted in the investigation. Above is a drawing of the suspect involved in this armed robbery who is described as darker skin, 5'6" to 5'7", wide face and nose, wearing light grey sweat pants, dark grey hoodie and a black toque. He spoke with a Eastern European accent.

The RCMP is asking the public's assistance for information on the suspect or his whereabouts and to call the Sylvan Lake RCMP at 403-858-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Airdrie ATM robbery suspect sought

Airdrie, Alberta RCMP

On Saturday October 18, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Airdrie RCMP responded to a Robbery at the Scotiabank on Main street in Airdrie.

A female customer entered the bank and was withdrawing an undisclosed amount of money from the ATM. The suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her by the neck and threatened to shoot her if she did not comply. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and entered a beige/brown colored vehicle.


ATM robbery suspect

Suspect's vehicle
The suspect is described as follows:
  • black male
  • approximately 5'7-5'11
  • athletic build
  • wearing a black knitted neck warmer over his mouth, grey jacket with a hood, blue jeans and a white t-shirt.
The suspect vehicle is described as a beige/brown colored, older model, four door sedan with dark interior.

The female customer was not injured during the incident. Airdrie City RCMP and Airdrie General Investigative Section are investigating.

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.

Edmonton missing person case turned over to Homicide
Edmonton Police Service

It’s been several weeks since the parents of Gamteysa Muhamed last saw their 21-year-old son.

Muhamed was last seen on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, walking through the north-end neighbourhood of Dickinsfield, near 146 Avenue and 72 Street. Family members believe Muhamed left his residence that afternoon to watch a football game with some friends and never returned.

EPS Homicide Section is now overseeing the investigation. Detectives believe that Mr. Muhamed was involved in some high risk behaviors that may have contributed to his disappearance. His sudden disappearance has left the family in shock and searching for answers.

Missing: Gamteysa Muhamed
Muhamed is described as having a medium brown complexion and is six feet tall and 185 pounds. He has short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt with a white zipper and blue jeans, prior to his disappearance. Investigators are encouraging residents in and around the Greater Edmonton area to walk their properties before inclement winter weather arrives and snow begins to accumulate.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gamteysa Muhamed 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

Fatal MVC at Marianna Lakes

Boyle RCMP

Two people are dead and one person is in critical condition following a two vehicle collision on Highway 63.  The collision occurred at 8:15 pm on Tuesday night October 28 at Marianna Lakes.  A small southbound vehicle collided with a northbound passenger bus. 
 
The two male occupants of the small vehicle were pronounced dead on scene.  One the of the occupants of the bus was rushed to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition with life threatening injuries.  A number of other bus occupants were treated for less serious injuries.
 
The bus had been carrying eight passengers who were enroute to a work camp in the area.  The vehicle can be described as a 20-person shuttle bus. 
 
A collision analyst attended the scene and investigation into this matter continues. 
 
The collision resulted in the closure of Highway 63 at Marianna Lakes for approximately eight hours.  This collision occurred in an undivided portion of Highway 63. 
 
Details regarding the deceased and injured males will not be released until next of kin have been advised.

St. Albert pedestrian vs vehicle collision

St. Albert RCMP

At approximately 7:50 am on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, St. Albert RCMP, St. Albert Municipal Enforcement, the St. Albert Fire Department and EMS were called to a pedestrian versus vehicle collision at the corner of Boudreau Road and Sir Winston Churchill Avenue in St. Albert. A 12 year old girl had been walking eastbound on Sir Winston Churchill Avenue and was then crossing Boudreau Road in the crosswalk. The traffic lights were green for her direction of travel.

A 53 year old female resident of St. Albert was driving a 2005 Red Chevrolet Blazer eastbound on Sir Winston Churchill Avenue and then proceeded to turn left onto Boudreau Road. As the Chev Blazer entered the crosswalk on Boudreau Road, it collided with the 12 year old pedestrian. EMS transported the 12 year old pedestrian to the Sturgeon Hospital with what was believed to be very minor injuries.
St. Albert Victim Services was dispatched to the Hospital to provide immediate emotional support to the pedestrian and her family who were understandably shaken up.

The 53 year old female driver of the Chevrolet Blazer will be facing a charge of "Failing to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk" under the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation which carries a penalty of $575.00.

The road and weather conditions were not factors in this collision. Alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

"Operating a vehicle requires drivers to pay close attention to their surroundings and this is even more critical when driving in intersections." said Cst. Mayer of the St. Albert RCMP Traffic Services. "Whenever a driver approaches an intersection, they need to be scanning for pedestrians as well as other vehicles. Of course, pedestrians have the right of way when legally crossing an intersection, so drivers need to slow down and double check for anyone walking in the crosswalk."

Fort McMurray man charged with voyeurism

Wood Buffalo RCMP

On Friday October 24th, Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested and charged a Fort McMurray man with one count of Break and Enter to a Residence and Voyeurism in the Stroud Bay area of Thickwood. He has been identified as 23 year old Tibor Malik .

Police received a complaint on from a female victim, who stated on October 24th at approximately 7:15 am, there was a man trying to get into her bedroom window, of her ground floor apartment. The victim noticed the blinds moving in the window while she was in the room changing. She called her boyfriend and he was able to see the male suspect looking into the bedroom from a different window located in the residence. The boyfriend then went outside and approached the suspect who fled to his vehicle. The boyfriend was able to obtain a vehicle description and license plate information belonging to the suspect. Malik was located later the same day by RCMP and arrested.

MALIK was remanded then later released on a $1000 Cash Bail with conditions. He is to appear in court on November 5th in Fort McMurray.

Man pleads guilty in Fort Chipeweyan marijuana case

On November 1, 2013 RCMP received an anonymous tip that there was a male at McMurray Aviation with a shipment of marihuana headed to Fort Chipewyan. Wood Buffalo RCMP traffic unit along with their interdiction dog attended McMurray Aviation and after a short investigation 5.2 kgs of marihuana was located and seized.
 
Wood Buffalo RCMP report Robert Dolbec, the man charged in this offence, entered a guilty plea yesterday October 28, 2014 in court and received the following sentence:
  • 18 months of probation
  • 9 months of house arrest
  • Abide by a curfew for 9 months
  • A lifetime prohibition ban on firearms
Halloween tips and treats

Grande Prairie RCMP

With Halloween drawing near the Grande Prairie RCMP would like to remind both children and adults to keep safety a priority regarding treats, costumes and activities.

TIPS:
  • wear a costume that fits properly and make sure the length doesn't hinder walking
  • costumes should have some reflective material so motorists can easily see children
  • carry a flashlight to help see and a cell phone for emergencies
  • children should be accompanied by an adult, older sister or brother or other trusted adult - never trick or treat alone
  • remind children not to enter a house or vehicle with someone they do not know
  • use the sidewalks and crosswalks for safety reasons and remind children not to run out between parked cars
  • avoid alleys, dark parking areas or lots
  • remind children that candy should be checked by parents before consuming
  • Driver's are also involved in ensuring a safe Halloween by driving slowly and watching for children. Extra care is advised at intersections and in residential areas where most trick or treating is occurring. Children are excited and not likely to have safety as a priority so please be vigilant.
Halloween festivities are expected this weekend and police would like to remind the public that if you experience any mischief, vandalism or damage to property that these actions are criminal offences, not part of Halloween celebrations and police should be notified.

TREATS: A safe and enjoyable Halloween!

Lock your vehicle and take your keys

Grande Prairie RCMP


Police would like to remind the public that with the cold weather being upon us to lock your vehicle and remove all valuables when you are not in it.

Since Friday, October 24, 2014 Grande Prairie RCMP have responded to over 30 complaints of thefts of vehicles and thefts from motor vehicles. In many of the instances, the suspects took advantage of an unlocked and sometimes running vehicle. RCMP are asking the public to ensure you lock your vehicle when you are not in it and ensure that you take items of value, especially items like loose change, out of your vehicle. By not doing this, you make your vehicle an enticing target.

Arrest Made in Rash of Mischiefs in Vegreville

Vegreville RCMP worked diligently investigating a rash of spray painting mischiefs that occurred within the Town of Vegreville between September 20th, 2014, and October 16th, 2014. Vegreville RCMP investigated video surveillance footage from two different locations that captured two of the incidents. A member from the Vegreville RCMP was able to identify the suspect in the video footage, who later turned himself into police. 

 The police investigation revealed that the male youth who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was responsible for five acts of vandalism involving spray painting within the Town of Vegreville. The male youth was released on court documents pending his first court appearance in Vegreville Youth Justice Court, on November 24th, 2014, to face several charges of mischief. 

Vegreville RCMP would also like to thank the Vegreville Observer and the citizens of Vegreville who provided tips to police during the initial stages of their investigation in attempting to identify two individuals captured on video surveillance.

Tires slashed in Peace River

Peace River RCMP

On the morning of October 24 2014 Peace Regional RCMP received a report that several vehicles had their tires slashed while parked at the Western Budget hotel in Peace River, AB. The incident occurred between 8:00 pm on October 23 and 7:00 am on October 24.

The RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible.

Single vehicle rollover near Consort

Consort RCMP

On Sunday October 26, 2014 Consort RCMP were called to a Single Vehicle Rollover on Highway 12 East of Consort. Fire Department and Ambulance were on scene. The male driver was alone in the vehicle. The driver was transported to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Ebola phishing scams and malware campaigns

The Calgary Police Service would like remind to Calgarians to be cautious of scams originating online and through email, especially those referencing the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The Service has not yet received any reports of phishing scams related to EVD, but is asking citizens to remain vigilant following an advisory from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). The NCCIC is a cyber-situational awareness, incident response, and management center run by the department of Homeland Security.

These phishing scams often contain links directing users to websites that collect personal and login information, and in some cases may contain malicious attachments.

Calgarians are reminded of the following tips when online:
  • Never open email attachments or links from unknown sources.
  • Be suspicious of emails asking for passwords or personal information.
  • Use an anti-virus program, firewall, spam blocker and anti-spyware technology.
  • Do not send sensitive photographs, personal, financial or confidential information via email.
  • Report unsolicited, harassing or offensive email to the internet service provider or customer service department of the source’s email.
If you have been the victim of an email scam, have suffered a loss and are aware of the possible suspect, please call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 to make a report.

If you have received communication that you think may be a scam, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to report your suspicions. A report can be filed online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or via phone at 1-888-495-8501.

Woman assaulted in Edmonton

The Edmonton Police Service is investigating an assault on a woman that occurred in Lessard early morning yesterday.

Southwest Division Patrol officers responded to a complaint of an alleged assault that occurred in the area of Lessard Road and Dechene Way at approximately 12:10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. It was reported a 30-year-old woman was walking on Lessard Road, when she was accosted from behind by a male suspect.

The suspect allegedly ran toward the woman, grabbed her from behind and covered her mouth. The woman was able to break free, and the suspect fled the area on foot. The woman did not sustain injuries.

The suspect is described as a tall, skinny male. He was wearing a loose, grey hoodie, a black face covering and gloves.

Anyone with information about this assault is asked contact the Edmonton Police Service 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

Exhibition reveals “the artist inside” inmates

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Two miniature ships created from garbage and genius using empty instant noodle containers, fibres and coffee filters, and painted with a mixture of toothpaste and coffee; a red and blue puzzle drawing with the hidden message: “Jail isn’t for young people so stay out of trouble,” as well as a bold depiction of a wolf howling at a full moon are just a few examples of inmates’ art in the exhibition “The Artist Inside: Removing Barriers through Art.” The exhibition showcases the art projects of offenders in correctional centres throughout the province and includes: 49 framed pieces, four woodcraft pieces, one drum, two pieces of found art, two 3D items, and a beautiful pair of moccasins.



When Assistant Deputy Minister, Correctional Services, Dr. Curtis Clarke proposed inmate drawings be displayed in his office, he was astounded by the artwork submitted. The idea to have a public exhibition of inmate art was put into motion. The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts enthusiastically agreed to host the exhibition and Synergy Inmate Phone Solutions sponsored the project. The offender art gallery project team was implemented and led by the ADM, Dr. Curtis Clarke and Executive Assistant Kathryn Wheaton, and included Corrections staff from centres across the province. Wendy Hollo, Director of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and staff from the Centre were also integral to the success of the project.

“Most importantly,” says ADM Clarke, “It is the inmates that we need to thank for this exhibition. They have channelled their creative energy into this work and we hope they will pursue their art when they are released back into the community.”

The exhibition is open to the public and runs to October 30. View more inmate art on the Alberta Corrections Facebook page.

Multiple B&Es in southeast Edmonton

The Edmonton Police Service is asking residents of southeast Edmonton to be vigilant and report suspicious activities after a number of break and enters were reported last week.

Forrest Heights, Terrace Heights, Capilano and Fulton areas reported day time break and enters from Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 to Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Items stolen from the residences have been reported to be small, easy to carry items such as jewelry, money and small electronics, like laptops and tablets.

“These thefts appear to be crimes of opportunity,” says Community Liaison Constable Craig Beaton with Southeast Division. “Homes are being targeted while homeowners are at work and children are at school. This is a good time to do a quick 20-second check to remove all valuables from plain sight in your home and vehicle.”

To date, 11 occurrences have been reported.

“It’s crucial for people to report crime to police when it happens,” says Beaton. “The more timely information we have, the better chance we will have in catching the criminals.”

Break and enters reported:
  • October 16: 99 Avenue & 83 Street
  • October 16: 104 Avenue & 83 Street
  • October 16: 101 Avenue & 83 Street
  • October 16: 99 Avenue & 83 Street
  • October 16: 99 Avenue & 77 Street
  • October 20: 106A Avenue & 78 Street
  • October 20: 102 Avenue & 73 Street
  • October 20: 103 Avenue & 74 Street
  • October 20: 103 Avenue & 74 Street
  • October 21: 102 Avenue & 72 Street
  • October 21: 105 Avenue & 76 Street
Anyone who may have information on these B&Es or want to report suspicious activities in their neighbouhoods 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

Edmonton stabbing suspect charged

Edmonton Police Service

A male young offender has been arrested and is facing several charges in connection with the stabbing of an 18-year-old male at the Coliseum LRT Bus Transit Centre on Oct. 18, 2014.

Downtown Division patrol members responded to the Coliseum Bus Transit Centre near 118 Avenue and 78 Street at approximately 6:15 am Friday, October 17, 2014, after receiving a 911 call of an alleged stabbing.  Witness accounts suggest the three males disembarked from the same bus at the Coliseum transit terminal, prior to an altercation ensuing between the three men.

The young offender, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested with the assistance of the RCMP on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, on the Paul Ban First Nation Reserve, near Duffield, AB. 

The teenaged male is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and breach of probation. 

Homicide detectives said the expeditious response of EPS Downtown Division members to the scene on the morning of the assault, combined with the Edmonton Transit System’s recently implemented state-of-the-art video surveillance equipment, were pivotal in their investigation.

Edmonton young offender charged with sexual assault

The Edmonton Police Service is asking for witnesses for an aggravated sexual assault that occurred in south east Edmonton this weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 just before 4:30 p.m., police received a call of a badly injured adult female in Mill Woods Park in the area of 23 Avenue and 66 Street near the pond. The reporter remained on scene until police and EMS arrived. The 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries where she remains in critical but stable condition.

After subsequent investigations, the 17-year-old male who called police was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, possession of a weapon and breach of recognizance (x3). The identity of this male will not be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

“We are asking for witnesses who were in the area on Saturday between 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.” says Det. Dave Pelech with Sexual Assault Section. “Although you may think what you saw is insignificant, it could possibly assist with the investigation.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident 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

Fort McMurray man charged with Aggravated Assault

Wood Buffalo RCMP

On October 11th at approximately 1:45 am, Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to an assault where one man has been charged with Aggravated Assault. The incident occurred inside a nightclub in the downtown area of Fort McMurray where 27 year old Andrew McVicker punched the 30 year old male victim during an altercation.

As a result of this assault, the victim sustained three fractures to his face requiring medical attention at the hospital. He is currently recovering from his injuries.

The investigation is continuing with the cooperation of several witnesses who are being interviewed by investigators.

Mr. McVicker was released on a Recognizance and is to appear in court on November 19th. Both the accused and the victim are from Fort McMurray.

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