Thanks to a team effort by Alberta Sheriffs, Sylvan Lake RCMP and Blackfalds RCMP, the fourth suspect in a Red Deer incident on Feb. 21st is now in custody; RCMP had been searching for the suspect since he fled Red Deer members after a three-vehicle collision in a stolen SUV while his three companions were arrested.
Red Deer RCMP identified the fourth suspect early in their investigation and obtained warrants for his arrest pertaining to the Feb. 21st collision and a gas and dash that occurred in Red Deer earlier the same day, involving the same stolen vehicle.
At 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 22nd, a member of the Alberta Sheriffs located a suspicious vehicle in the area of Hwy. 11 and RR 285, and quickly determined the driver was the same suspect who was wanted on warrants out of Red Deer.
The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended with assistance from a second Sheriff. Sylvan Lake RCMP arrived at the scene and took custody of the suspect until Blackfalds RCMP arrived to take carriage of the investigation.
“This arrest is a great example the importance of working closely with Alberta Sheriffs and our Priority Crimes Task Force partners,” said Staff Sgt. Ken Morrison of the Blackfalds RCMP. “Criminals cross jurisdictions all the time, and the best way to ensure quick responses and successful arrests is through constant communication, shared intelligence and support for each other’s policing efforts.”
James Ronald Holt, 33, has been charged with failing to appear in court, two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, theft under $5,000 and five counts of failing to comply with undertaking.