Leslieville, Alberta – The Rocky Mountain House RCMP utilized DNA evidence to identify and lay charges against two suspects in an armed robbery which occurred at the Leslieville Bar on October 14, 2017.
The lengthy investigation began almost a year ago following a 9-1-1 call received at 4:16 p.m. Two males reportedly entered the bar wearing masks and coveralls and carrying guns and knives. Several patrons were in the bar at the time and forced to stay inside during the robbery. A large amount of money was taken from the bar and the two males fled in a waiting Dodge Ram truck. RCMP attended and launched their investigation.
Following months of collecting witness statements, following up on public tips, processing various pieces of evidence and executing warrants, investigative results have led the RCMP to the following charges:
34-year-old Harvey James Lee-Bernick of Red Deer has been charged with robbery with a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
22-year-old Austin Kim Derkatz of Rimbey has also been charged with robbery with a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Both accused are next scheduled for court on October 24, 2018 in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court.
The identity of the driver of the associated truck has not been established. The Dodge Ram truck has been recovered. RCMP continue to investigate in an effort to identify and charge the driver.
Rocky Mountain House RCMP – Armed Robbery at Leslieville Hotel
Leslieville, Alberta – On Saturday, October 14, 2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the Leslieville Hotel. Two males entered the hotel, one armed with a sawed off long barrelled firearm and the other with a knife. The culprits demanded money from one of the employees. Both fled the hotel with an undisclosed amount of cash and quickly departed in a silver Dodge Ram truck. The get away vehicle was being driven by another male who was waiting outside the Hotel during the robbery. No one was physically injured during the incident.
RCMP continue to investigate this occurrence. If you have information about this investigation, please call the Rocky Mountain House RCMP at 403-845-2882 or call your local police service. 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.
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