UPDATE: Red Deer RCMP make arrest in armed robbery

Man robbed store at gunpoint

Red Deer RCMP have arrested the 19-year-old man accused of an armed robbery at Corral Foods the night of Nov. 27 after locating him in a stolen car.

RCMP were called to Corral Foods at 68th St. and 59th Ave. at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 27th, after a man wielding a shotgun demanded the cash drawer from the till. He fled the area in a grey BMW that RCMP believe to be the same as one reported stolen out of Red Deer earlier the same day.

RCMP identified the suspect early in the investigation and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On Dec. 4th Red Deer RCMP located him in a stolen Kia Sorento and worked with the monitoring company to shut the vehicle down; the suspect was then arrested without incident. The Kia Sorento had been reported stolen out of Red Deer the morning of Dec. 4th after it was left unlocked and running.

The staff were not injured in this robbery.

RCMP recovered the grey BMW used in the armed robbery on Nov. 28th after it was abandoned in the Johnstone neighbourhood, and seized a firearm from the vehicle. The BMW had been reported stolen out of Red Deer the morning of Nov. 27th after it was left with the keys in it.

Nicholas Michael Gibson, 19, of Blackfalds faces the following charges for the events of Nov. 27th and the day of his arrest on Dec. 4th: Armed robbery, wearing a disguise with an intent to commit offence, two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000 two counts of pointing a firearm, possession of prohibited weapon, failing to comply with conditions and driving while unauthorized.

– Connolly

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