Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrests of note over the past 10 days are predominantly due to concentrated police patrols in targeted areas and reports from the public of suspicious vehicles or activity. One man was arrested in a stolen truck with a loaded rifle, and more arrests involved drugs and numerous suspects wanted on outstanding warrants.
At 12:05 am on May 5, RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance at a downtown apartment building. On arrival, police located two suspects in possession of what is believed to be methamphetamine, who both attempted to resist police while being placed under arrest. After a brief altercation, both suspects were taken into custody without injury to themselves or police officers.
A 33 year old woman and a 41 year old man will face charges of resisting police, drug possession and failing to comply with conditions; those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts
At 11:45 pm on May 5, RCMP on patrol in downtown Red Deer located a stolen Dodge Ram stopped on the street. Police surrounded the truck and took the female driver into custody without incident. The truck had been reported stolen out of Stettler earlier the same day.
24 year old Madison Leigh Coutre faces the following charges:
- Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
- Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation
Coutre made her first appearance in court in Red Deer on May 8 and will appear in court again on May 15.
Shortly before 1:30 am on May 6, RCMP responded to a report of suspicious vehicle in a commercial parking lot in south Red Deer. On arrival, police located a suspect who was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Boyle, and who was in possession of what is believed to be methamphetamine.
A 23 year old man faces charges for drug possession failing to appear in court; those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.
At 2 pm on May 7, RCMP were called to a residence in Morrisroe after an alert neighbour noticed activity in a vacant house. RCMP located three women in the residence and took them into custody without incident.
19 year old Jamie Anne Befus faces two charges of break and enter and will appear in court on May 17.
36 year old Sheri-Lynn Koch faces charges of break and enter and fail to comply with probation and will appear in court on May 12.
20 year old Tessa Victoria Smith faces charges of fail to comply with conditions (X2), possession of identity documents and fraudulent concealment, and will appear in court on May 12.
At 8:30 pm on May 7, RCMP on patrol in downtown Red Deer located a man who was wanted on several outstanding warrants after failing to appear in court regarding uttering a forged document and possession of stolen property charges from a November arrest. 27 year old Cody Michael Gouda was taken into custody without incident and will appear in court in Red Deer on May 19 to speak to those charges.
At 7 pm on May 8, RCMP on patrol in the downtown initiated a traffic stop and found three men and an underage female in possession of significant quantities of what is believed to be crystal meth as well as several large bags of marijuana and items consistent with drug trafficking.
20 year old Nicholas Raymond Tweedle, 19 year old Ethan Carson, 20 year old Spencer Hansen and a 17 year old girl, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, each face two charges of CDSA 5(1) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking. The underage girl faces a further charge of possession of stolen property under $5,000. The youth appears in court in Red Deer on May 25 and Tweedle, Carson and Hansen will all appear in court in Red Deer on June 7.
At 7:30 am on May 9, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked and running in the Highland Green area; on arrival, police determined the Chevrolet Silverado was stolen and arrested the man inside the truck without incident. The suspect was wanted on a warrant and was also found to be breaching several court-imposed conditions at the time of his arrest. Police further seized a loaded rifle from the truck. The Silverado had been reported stolen out of Sylvan Lake on May 7.
32 year old Tyler Joseph Shaw faces the following charges in addition to his outstanding warrant:
- Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000
- Criminal Code 92(1) – Possession of firearm while knowing possession was prohibited
- Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
- Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Possession of firearm while prohibited by court order
- Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Possession of ammunition while prohibited by court order
- Criminal Code 145(5.1) – Fail to comply with condition
- Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 3
- TSA 94(2) – Drive while unauthorized
- TSA 52(1)(a) – Drive without registration
- TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive without insurance
Shaw was remanded and makes his first court appearance in Red Deer on May 12 at 9:30 am.
At 2:30 pm while RCMP were patrolling the back alleys of an area known for criminal activity, police located a suspect in a vehicle that had a stolen license plate on it. The man was arrested without incident and RCMP determined that he was wanted on several warrants out of Blackfalds. The license plate had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on April 2.
A 41 year old man faces a charge of possession of stolen property under $5,000 (CC 355(b)) in addition to his outstanding warrants; that charge has not yet been sworn before the courts.
While doing foot patrols in the downtown, Red Deer RCMP located a suspect who was found to be breaching court-imposed conditions and was further found to be in possession of break-in instruments. The man was taken into custody without incident.
24 year old Stephen Ashton faces the following charges:
- Criminal Code 351(1) – Possession of break-in instruments
- Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 2
Ashton appears in court in Red Deer on May 12.
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Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP