Jasper, Alberta – On April 11th, 2017 at approximately 9:45 in the morning, Jasper RCMP received a high priority call for a robbery in progress at the TD Bank in Jasper.
Upon arrival, officers were advised that the suspect had fled on foot with a quantity of cash. The suspect had handed a note to the bank teller stating that this was a robbery and to hand over all the cash in the till.
Shortly after, RCMP officers received a call for a theft of vehicle on Elm Avenue. A Shaw Cable employee was working behind the library when a male ran up to his van and jumped in it. The Shaw employee tried to intervene but the suspect drove away at a high rate of speed, damaging an electrical box located behind the library at the same time. With the description provided by the Shaw employee, police were able to connect the recent robbery and the theft of the van to the same suspect.
Jasper RCMP officers immediately forwarded the description of the male and the van to Hinton RCMP. An hour later, police in Hinton located the van and conducted a high risk traffic stop. The male driver complied and was taken into custody without incident.
As a result of this investigation, Mauro PARKER, age 29 of Jasper, was charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, mischief under $5000, dangerous driving and breach of an undertaking. PARKER has been remanded into custody and is set to appear at the Jasper Provincial Court on April 13th, 2017.