Public tips lead to numerous arrests

Red Deer RCMP press charges after reports from citizens who called in suspicious activity

  • Jun. 1, 2017 7:51 p.m.

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A number of recent arrests of note in Red Deer RCMP were thanks to reports from the public, who called in suspicious vehicles and activity, sightings of stolen vehicles, and several break and enters in progress. A number of the suspects were wanted on outstanding warrants, and several were arrested after foot chases or after being tracked and located by Police Dog Services.

Red Deer RCMP thank the public for their continued vigilance in reporting criminal activity.

At around 5:30 p.m. on May 26th RCMP located a stolen truck after the owner saw a suspect driving it in Red Deer and then parking in a hotel parking lot. RCMP responded and arrested the suspect as he attempted to hide from police in a hotel room.

The Dodge Dakota had been stolen that morning out of Alix. During the course of the arrest, RCMP located a firearm hidden in the toilet of the hotel room and what is believed to be methamphetamine.

Dwayne Jeffrey Jamieson, 37, has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, unauthorized possession of firearm, possession of weapon while prohibited from possession, failing to comply with probation order (not possess firearm) and two counts of possession of a Schedule I substance.

On May 26th at 10:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a south Red Deer parking lot. On arrival, police located a woman who was found to be in breach of court-imposed conditions and who attempted to evade arrest by giving police a false name.

Julene Marie Lattery, 28, has been charged with resisting/obstructing a peace officer and two counts of failing to comply with conditions.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on May 27th, RCMP responded to a report of a male suspect carrying a hatchet and walking through a residential yard on Michener Drive, allegedly threatening the resident’s dog and the resident when confronted. RCMP arrested the suspect without incident and no one was injured.

Justin Eric Arnault faces, 30, has been charged with two counts of uttering threats, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose and two counts of failing to comply with probation order.

Shortly after 8 a.m. on May 28th, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Kentwood neighbourhood. On arrival, RCMP located a male suspect at a parked car that had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on May 25th.

The male suspect attempted to flee police on foot but was arrested after a brief foot chase. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant for breaching his probation.

Kyle Thomas Hart, 24, has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, resisting/obstructing a peace officer and failing to comply with probation order.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on May 31st, RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at an apartment building in the Highland Green neighbourhood.

Police searched the area and located the suspect nearby. On arrest, RCMP determined that the suspect was wanted on three outstanding warrants for possession of stolen property, possession of break-in instruments and failing to comply with conditions.

Travis William Kowalchuk, 28, has been charged with breaking and entering with intent.

At 5 p.m. on May 31st, RCMP responded to a report of a theft in progress after a resident at a rural property off C & E trail interrupted a suspect in the process of attempting to steal an ATV from the resident’s garage.

The suspect fled on foot when he was confronted; RCMP responded immediately with Police Dog Services, who tracked the suspect to a nearby wooded area where he was hiding.

A 22-year-old man faces charges for breaking and entering with intent and theft of other motor vehicle; those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

– Fawcett

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