Wetaskiwin RCMP arrest armed robbery suspect

Wetaskiwin RCMP arrest armed robbery suspect

A 23-year-old Edmonton man who robbed a victim at gunpoint and with pepper spray was arrested July 8 in Wetaskiwin.

Police said that around 12:30 p.m. on July 1, they were dispatched to the scene of an armed robbery in the 4600 block of 48th Avenue. Investigation revealed that a suspect pointed bear spray and a firearm at the victim, who was then struck several times before his wallet was stolen.

After fleeing the scene, officers quickly located the suspect’s vehicle near a business on 56th Street.

The vehicle was followed south on Highway 2A to Township Road 460 where a traffic stop was conducted. However, the suspect vehicle fled the scene. The suspect led RCMP members through Maskwacis to the QEII, north to Highway 13 and then continued north to Highway 39 near the town of Calmar where the suspects crashed into the ditch.

With the assistance of RCMP officers from Wetaskiwin, Maskwacis, Leduc and Devon, as well as Police Dog Services and the Emergency Response Team, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The 23-year-old faces four charges including armed robbery, fleeing police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with a release order.

Following a bail hearing, the 23-year-old was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Wetaskiwin on July 11.