RCMP`s Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit has busy month, several offenders charged

Parkland County, Alberta – (August 16, 2021 4:07 PM) The Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit’s (CADCRU) mandate is to assist RCMP detachments throughout central Alberta by targeting repeat offenders, in order to interrupt criminal activity and reduce crime.

In July 2021, CAD CRU became aware of a male living in Parkland County who had several outstanding warrants for his arrest from multiple jurisdictions. The male had a history of violence, possession of weapons, and erratic behaviour that included attempts to evade police. CADCRU initiated an investigation to locate the male and take him into custody. On July 28, 2021, CADCRU determined the male’s location in a residence in Parkland County. Due to a number of safety factors including the male’s history, the RCMP Emergency Response Team was utilized. Police obtained judicial authorization to enter the residence, and safely took the male into custody.

In addition to his outstanding charges, Johan Gustav Knudtsen (45) of Spruce Grove, Alta., has been charged with:

· Obstruct a peace officer

· Flight from police

· Fail to comply with a release order condition

After a judicial interim release hearing, Knudtsen was released to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on Aug. 23, 2021.

On July 23, 2021, Drayton Valley RCMP responded to a report of theft of gasoline. The suspects were described as two males and one female in a U-Haul truck. Drayton Valley General Investigation Section (GIS) officers got sight of the U-Haul and were able to determine that it had been reported stolen. Drayton Valley GIS and CADCRU officers with assistance from Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS) helicopter AIR1 and EPS Targeted Response to Auto theft Prevention team were able to keep the U-Haul in view as it entered Calmar, Alta. Tire deflation devices were successfully deployed to bring the U-Haul to a stop and the three suspects were safely taken into custody.

Caleb Howson (27) of Edmonton, Robert Avison (35), and Chantelle Riley (37) both from Leduc, Alta., were jointly charged with:

Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x2)

Possession of property obtained by crime over (x2)

Theft

Possession of break-in tools

Howson was additionally charged with:

Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)

Flight from police

Fail to comply with a release order (x2)

Obstruct a police officer.

Avison was additionally charged with:

Fail to comply with release condition

Possession of a weapon while prohibited

After judicial interim release hearings, Riley was released to appear in Drayton Valley Provincial Court on Aug. 17, 2021. Howson and Avison remain in custody. They will next appear in Drayton Valley Provincial Court on Aug. 17, 2021.

On Aug. 4, 2021, CADCRU entered into an investigation of a residence in the Rimbey area that was believed to be associated to property crime. CADCRU officers observed a vehicle leaving the residence and operating in a dangerous manner. The vehicle entered an isolated area, became stuck, and the two occupants fled on foot. Uniformed police officers from Rimbey, Breton and Thorsby quickly set up containment. With the use of Police Dog Service teams, the two suspects were located.

Chantel Marie Lapointe (31) of Drayton Valley, Alta. was charged with:

Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Lapointe was released to appear in Rimbey Provincial Court on Sept. 1, 2021.

Matthew Christopher Pierre Roy (33) of Wetaskiwin County, Alta. was charged with:

Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000

Operate a conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public

Fraudulent concealment

Fail to attend Court

After a judicial interim release hearing, Roy was released to appear in Rimbey Provincial Court on Sept. 1, 2021.

“Combating rural crime is a top priority for Alberta RCMP.” said Inspector Grant Smith, Operations Officer for the Central Alberta District. “Apprehension is one of the pillars of the Crime Reduction Strategy. Crime Reduction Units support frontline police officers by targeting those individuals who create the greatest harm in our communities. Support units such as the General Investigation Section, Police Dog Services, and Air Services can also supplement our investigative techniques and increase our success. These files are just a few examples of the efforts being made by RCMP in Alberta to keep Albertans safe.”



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