Eureka, Alberta – Last night Fairview RCMP arrested a wanted suspect, Malcolm Testawits, after he was located and apprehended by local citizens.
On November 17 a report was received at 9:10 p.m. that an unknown male wearing a ski mask was on a quad, and accompanied by an unknown person in a truck and was near a property in Clear Hills County, Alberta. The property owner identified these vehicles as suspicious.
The police have been working with residents of the area to gain knowledge and have been conducting increased patrols in an effort to locate Testawits. Several different RCMP units were close at hand.
RCMP members from Fairview and Peace Regional Detachments, Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit, along with Grande Prairie Police Dog Service all responded to the area to search for the suspect male. Local residents also attended the area to assist and ultimately located and restrained Malcolm Testawits. At 11:15 p.m., he was handed over to the custody of the RCMP and has been transported to Peace Regional RCMP detachment for further investigation and a bail hearing. Testawits is facing several charges, including charges on prior matters and has over 30 warrants out for his arrest including Assaulting a Police Officer and Robbery.
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The truck which was first observed on the road was located by RCMP in a ditch. That vehicle was reported as stolen days earlier and the investigation into the theft of that truck continues.
The charges Testawits is facing are now before the courts and further information will not be provided on those incidents.
While the RCMP appreciates the help of concerned citizens we would like to remind citizens not to approach subjects who have been identified as dangerous suspects as this poses grave safety risks for the people involved.
“I’m pleased to report on the excellent cooperation amongst all neighbouring detachments and the Grande Prairie CRU and PDS, in arresting this suspect” says Sergeant Onaissi, Peace Regional RCMP. “This is a positive outcome and reflects the community members’ diligence and commitment to their community”.
Although Malcom Henry Testawits is now in custody the RCMP are still asking residents who may have information about property crimes in the area to please call the Peace Regional RCMP at 780-624-6611 or call 911 or your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).
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