Red Deer, Alberta – Two days after a suspect’s failed robbery attempt at the North Hill Store left him with a minor knife injury, Red Deer RCMP arrested him for a number of break and enters in downtown Red Deer.
RCMP responded to the attempted armed robbery at the North Hill Store at 10 pm on August 21. The suspect had attempted to rob the store at knifepoint, but the staff on duty disarmed him and chased him from the store. The suspect received minor cuts to his hand and fled the store empty-handed; the staff member was not injured. RCMP obtained excellent surveillance photos of the suspect and flooded the area searching for him. Police didn’t locate him that night but continued to search for him over the next day and a half.
At 3 am on August 23, a citizen reported suspicious activity at the Safeway Gas Bar at 4408 50 Avenue and then subsequent suspicious activity at other nearby locations. RCMP responded immediately and located the suspect hiding in the bushes of a residence on 46 Street. He was arrested at that time without incident and faces charges for breaking into the Safeway Gas Bar, a residential garage on 46 Street, and smashing a vehicle window in the area. During his arrest for the events of August 23, RCMP identified him as the suspect in the North Hill Store robbery and charged him with that offence, as well.
34 year old Elliot John Lagrelle faces the following charges:
- Criminal Code 344(b) – Robbery
- Criminal Code 348(1)(a) – Break and enter X 2
- Criminal Code 351(1) – Possess break and enter tools
- Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief
Lagrelle will appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer at 9:30 am on September 7. RCMP wish to thank the citizens of Red Deer for the important role they play in reporting suspicious activity to police.
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP