Gleichen RCMP arrest male for arson following grass fires – Update

Siksika Nation, Alberta – In response to a series of intentional fires set on July 1, 2021 on the Siksika Nation, the Gleichen RCMP have charged Philip John Strange (40) of Langdon, Alta. with:

· Arson – Damage to Property

· Trespassing on a Reserve

After a Judicial Interim Release hearing, Strange was released on his own Recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Siksika Provincial Court on August 12th, 2021.

Investigation to date has revealed extensive property damage to the Siksika land to include areas used for traditional ceremonies and offerings.

The Siksika Fire Department has contained the fire in which the Provincial Fire Investigator continue to investigate.

There is no discernable link between this Arson and the deliberate fires set at the Catholic or Anglican Churches earlier this week.

“This past week has been trying on the Siksika people. These intentional acts of property damage affect the well being and security of everyone that lives here” says Sergeant Scott Mercer of the Gleichen RCMP. “We are asking people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately to the police.”

As this matter is now before the courts, no further details will be released.

The RCMP are still seeking information on persons involved in the two reported Church files from this past week. If you have information on this crime you are asked to contact the Gleichen RCMP at 403-734-3923, or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Background:

July 1, 2021

Gleichen RCMP arrest male for arson following grass fires

Siksika Nation, Alta. – Shortly after 7 a.m. on July 1, 2021, Gleichen RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious person in the area of Map 5A of the Siksika Nation.

Witnesses reported seeing a male setting grass fires. A search of the area led police to locate and arrest a male suspect.

No structures are reported to have been affected, however property damage is extensive and includes areas of cultural significance.

The Siksika Fire Department responded and has the fire contained. Emergency crews will remain on scene until the fire is extinguished.

The Provincial Fire Investigator and the Gleichen RCMP continue to investigate.

No further information is available at this time.

If you have information on this crime you are asked to contact the Gleichen RCMP at 403-734-3923, or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Gleichen RCMP



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