UPDATE: Lethbridge Police charge man in connection with suspicious package and earlier arson at police station, name released

Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have charged a 29-year-old man in relation to a suspicious package left at the police station Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, and an earlier incident at the same location.

Public access was closed and a portion of the police station was evacuated Thursday after a suspicious package was thrown into the front entrance about 10:15 a.m. before the suspect fled on a bicycle. Police apprehended a suspect a short time later.

It was determined the package was not explosive or hazardous in nature and the police station was re-opened to the public about three hours later.

Lethbridge Police Service
Lethbridge Police Service

Police were investigating an earlier incident in which a fire was set in a planter outside the police station about 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Further investigation by the Criminal Investigation Section confirmed the person believed to be responsible for the fire was the same as the one involved in the suspicious package on Thursday.

Police have charged Kyle Glen Lowe of Lethbridge with: arson; mischief; four counts of failure to comply with release conditions; and intimidation of justice (no person shall, without lawful authority, engage in any conduct with the intent to provoke a state of fear in a justice system participant in order to impeded him or her in the performance of his or her duties).

He was remanded in custody to appear in court Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

“The Lethbridge Police Service takes these types of incidents seriously. The safety of our employees and community is our top priority,” said Insp. Jason Walper, Criminal Investigation Division. “This incident required a collaborative effort from several units of the LPS in order to quickly and efficiently control the location and provide a safe environment. The deployment of our Critical Incident Team and the Lethbridge Fire HAZMAT team allowed us to examine the package and determine the contents of the package did not contain explosive or hazardous material.”

No further information will be released as the matter is now before the courts.

Lethbridge Police Service

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