Thursday, December 18, 2014

Policing in Alberta to December 18, 2014

Calgary bank robbery suspect sought
Abduction in Ponoka
La Familia gang members arrested in Edmonton
Protecting yourself from mail theft
MVC in Holden area
Calgary and area pyramid scheme
Airdrie RCMP weekend report
Airdrie arsonist sought
Calgary stabbing homicide investigation continues
Calgary contractor charged with voyeurism


Calgary bank robbery suspect sought

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance to identify a man responsible for a bank robbery that occurred in April.

Bank robbery suspect

On Friday, April 4, 2014, at approximately 1:15 p.m., a man entered the RBC bank located in the community of Beddington. He approached the teller, produced a robbery note and demanded money. He then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured during the offence.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 25 years old, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball cap with a small logo, black sunglasses, black jacket with beige lining and a hood, black shirt with a white shirt underneath, blue jeans and black and white Adidas-style running shoes.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service Robbery Unit at 403-428-8787or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: 274637
Case # 14121642

Abduction in Ponoka

Ponoka RCMP

On December 17th, 2014 at approximately 1 pm, four individuals gained entry into a home in Ponoka and forcibly removed a 23 year old male from the residence. The victim was taken to another residence by the abductors. Through subsequent police investigation, surveillance was established at a location where the victim was believed being held. The victim was later observed being taken from that home into a vehicle. That vehicle was intercepted and a total of five suspects arrested. The victim was not physically harmed during this offence. At this time, the investigation is continuing and charges are pending. Police are advising there was no danger to the public as this appears to be a targeted event.

La Familia gang members arrested in Edmonton


Members of the La Familia gang, which is allegedly connected to Mexican drug cartels and the Mara Salvatrucha gang, have been arrested in Edmonton following an Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) investigation.

ALERT Edmonton, an integrated team consisting of Edmonton Police Service and RCMP members, allege that the cartel-affiliated group was attempting to gain control of the drug distribution channels in Alberta. Their operation was supplying drug lines in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Drayton Valley, Lloydminster, and Red Deer.

La Familia, or the The Family, is described as an international support arm for the Mexican drug cartels and has strong ties to El Salvador gang Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

The Alberta chapter wore a three-piece patch, similar to outlaw motorcycle groups, and had an established rank structure and club rules. The Alberta president of La Familia, Jose Antonio Monterrey, was arrested on December 11 while attempting to board a flight at Edmonton International Airport.

LaFamilia patch, image courtesy ALERT
Three associates of Monterrey, 33, were also arrested, including Peter Alan Griffon, 34, Cody Sterling Tremblett, 28, and Penny Sue Fleming, 34. They are facing a combined 40 drug and weapons related charges.

The arrests coincided with search warrants being executed at three Edmonton homes. ALERT seized $600,000 worth of drugs, including:
  • 5 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 2.7 kilograms of MDMA;
  • 2 kilograms of a buffing agent;
  • Oxycodone pills;
  • Cocaine press;
  • $45,000 in cash proceeds of crime.
  • A variety of firearms and weapons were also seized, including:
  • Two .22 caliber rifles, one equipped with a silencer;
  • .44 caliber Desert Eagle handgun;
  • Sawed-off shotgun;
  • Thousands of rounds of ammunition;
  • Body armour vests.
ALERT’s most recent investigation began in August when intelligence identified La Familia as an emerging public safety threat to Albertans. It was believed that La Familia was in the process of aggressively recruit new members and pursuing new markets for drug distribution.


Jose Antonio Monterrey – 9 charges:
  • Drug possession (x 3);
  • Possession of body armour;
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon;
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order (x 4).
Peter Alan Griffon – 9 charges:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2);
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited firearm;
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm;
  • Careless use of a firearm (x 5).
Cody Sterling Tremblett – 11 charges:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2);
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited firearm;
  • Unauthorized possession for a firearm;
  • Careless use of a firearm (x 5);
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public;
  • Possession of body armour.
Penny Sue Fleming – 11 charges:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2);
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited firearm;
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm;
  • Careless use of a firearm (x 5);
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public;
  • Possession of body armour.

Protecting yourself from mail theft

RCMP Alberta Media Relations

RCMP would like to remind area residents about the importance of preventing mail theft.

A community mail box South of Spruce Grove was broken into over the last few days. Police see these crimes occurring sporadically throughout the area, and want to reinforce some prevention tips. This is especially relevant during the holiday season, when packages ordered online and gifts sent from loved ones may be arriving in mailboxes.

To protect your identity and prevent mail theft, police suggest the following:
  • collect your mail promptly after delivery
  • if you'll be away, either have someone pick up your mail, or request Canada Post hold your mail until you return (link) 
  • never send cash in the mail
  • deposit your mail as close to the scheduled pick-up time as possible
Don't let thieves steal your glad tidings of joy during this festive season.

MVC in Holden area

Tofield RCMP

At around 10:20 am on December 17 the Tofield RCMP were called to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 14 at RR 165 in the Holden area. A westbound pick up was travelling on 14 Highway and slid into the north ditch and then rolled. The driver and only occupant was trapped in the vehicle until EMS, Fire and Rescue attended and free the woman. The female driver has been taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

As a reminder to motorists, at this time of year the roads can be icy and can be very deceiving, please use extra caution when winter driving conditions are present. Reduce your speed when there are emergency vehicles working on the highways.

Calgary and area pyramid scheme

RCMP Calgary

The RCMP Federal Policing in Calgary received information regarding a program called “women helping women”. There have been similar scams in recent years, “Women Blessing Women”, “Circle of Friends” and “women gifting women”. The organizers recruit women only, to attend presentations where they are encouraged to pay a “gift” of $5000 or other amount. The women are encouraged to invite more women to participate, with the goal of receiving a “gift” multiple times larger than what they paid in. Eventually, there is no one left to join the pyramid, and those in the group will lose their contribution. These types of schemes are illegal pyramid schemes. Participating in these schemes is a crime under Section 206 of the Criminal Code.

Participants are misled to believe this scam is legal by documents allegedly prepared by lawyers, the police and Canada Revenue Agency. The women are also told that because the money is a “gift”, the money is not taxable. These statements are not true and are merely used to entice people to participate.

RCMP would like to remind the public that “if something seems too good to be true, it likely is”. It is always wise to do your research when investing your money or participating in get rich quick schemes.

Airdrie RCMP weekend report

Between 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 and 7:00 a.m. Monday, December 15,  2014, Airdrie City RCMP received 56 calls for service.  Calls were dispatched to RCMP as the following and do not reflect actual occurrence or clearance status. Here are some of the calls:

2 Assaults
2 Break and Enters
1 Criminal Harassment Complaint
5 Disturbing the Peace Complaints 
1 Fail to Stop or Remain at Accident Scene
1 Firearms Act 
2 Fraud Complaints
1 Impaired Driving Complaint
5 Mischief Complaints
2 Other Theft Under $5,000 Complaints
1 Person Reported Missing
1 Possession of Cocaine
1 Theft of Truck 
1 Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm/Prohibited Weapon or Restricted Weapon

Airdrie arsonist sought

Airdrie RCMP

On December 16, 2014 at approximately 8:00 pm Airdrie RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of Arson on a residential property on Range Road 11. A property owner contacted RCMP and Airdrie Fire Service when a hay bale on the property was set fire. The fire was extinguished with no injuries and no major property damage. This is the third incident of arson on this property.

RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in obtaining information about this event.

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 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.

Calgary stabbing homicide investigation continues

The Calgary Police Service continues to investigate a homicide that occurred earlier this week.

At approximately 7:15 am Monday, December 15, 2014, police were called to the 5300 block of 5 Avenue S.E., for reports of a man found laying on a sidewalk suffering from stab wounds.  A man in his 30s was transported to hospital in serious life-threatening condition. He succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Although the autopsy is ongoing, the victim has been identified as Ronald ELEPANO, 34, of Calgary.

This is the 29th homicide of 2014.

Although details are limited, at this time this does not appear to be a random attack. Detectives believe more than one person was involved, however, the descriptions are vague due to the time of day.

Investigators continue to seek out anyone who may have information about the incident. They are 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
CASE #14492126

Calgary contractor charged with voyeurism

The Calgary Police Service has charged a local contractor with voyeurism.

It’s alleged that the man, who was operating a renovation company called The Good Shepherd Group, installed a covert camera and recording device inside a bathroom electrical socket during a contracted job. The resident of the home discovered the device and reported it to police where it was confirmed it contained compromising images of the two female residents.

It’s believed the device was installed sometime between Aug. 1 and Nov. 14, 2014, when the accused was conducting renovations at the Coventry home. The homeowners called police as soon as the device was located.

Ting Kay CHU, 43, of Calgary, who also uses the alias Tohmus Tikay CHU, is charged with two counts of voyeurism and two counts of failing to comply with a court order.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have work in progress, or have concerns about work completed by CHU or his company to contact them. The CPS is working alongside The City of Calgary Licensing Inspector as CHU does not hold a valid business licence.

Contractors who take payment before the work is complete and who look for work, discuss or finalize a contract away from a regular place of business must be licensed by Service Alberta and post a security deposit. They must use a contract that includes an itemized price list, completion date and a statement of consumers’ cancellation rights.

Consumers’ rights and protections are detailed in the Home Renovations tip sheet available at Albertans can find out whether a prepaid contractor is licensed online at or by calling the Consumer Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-427-4088.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637
CASE #14449457

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