December 2017 RCMP News Archive

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Red Deer RCMP investigate home invasion – renewed request for assistance

February 8, 2018 11:58 AM

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate a home invasion in the Fairview neighbourhood in the early hours of December 14 and are renewing their request for public assistance in identifying the suspects.

The home invasion occurred shortly before 3:30 am on December 14, when four masked men forced their way into a residence on Ottawa Street, one carrying a machete, and assaulted the woman and man who lived there. RCMP believe the incident was a targeted attack but that the suspects went to the wrong home.

Suspect descriptions:

  • All four suspects were Caucasian
  • All were described as less than 6’ tall
  • One suspect was approximately 5’7” tall with a fit build, wearing a “Venom” mask, a green camouflage jacket, green camouflage pants and dark green gloves
  • One suspect was noted to have blue eyes and blonde or dirty blonde facial hair
  • One suspect wore a yellow plastic raincoat
  • One suspect wore a puffy winter jacket, blue or grey in colour, and jeans

Attached is a sketch of the “Venom” mask one of the suspects wore.

If you have information about this investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

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Media contact:
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

sketch of suspect's mask

BACKGROUND:

December 14, 2017

Red Deer RCMP investigate home invasion

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are investigating a home invasion in the Fairview neighbourhood early this morning after four men forced their way into what is believed to be the wrong house and assaulted two of the occupants.

Shortly before 3:30 am on December 14, RCMP responded to a 911 call after four masked men forced their way into a residence on Ottawa Street, one carrying a machete, and assaulted the woman and man who lived there. The victims report that when the suspects heard there were children in the home, they claimed to have the wrong house and fled. The two children were not involved in the altercation.

At this point in the investigation, RCMP believe this was a targeted home invasion that targeted the wrong residence, and that the suspects and the victims are not known to each other. Red Deer RCMP continues to gather evidence at the scene with support from the RCMP Forensic Identification unit and conduct neighbourhood enquiries.

“For the most part, home invasions in Red Deer tend to be linked to the drug trade, and this targeting of the wrong home was obviously a terrifying experience for these citizens,” says Inspector Gerald Grobmeier of the Red Deer RCMP. “Every day, RCMP gather intelligence and analytics on criminals involved in the drug trade as part of our crime reduction strategies, and we are bringing the weight of that knowledge to this investigation.” 

If you have information about this investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

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Media contact:
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

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