Wetaskiwin RCMP follow footprints in snow after taxi robbery

Wetaskiwin RCMP follow footprints in snow after taxi robbery

Maskwacis man Chase Louis charged after taxi driver has gun pointed at him

On Saturday, January 27, 2018 at approximately 22:20 hours Wetaskiwin RCMP members were dispatched to an armed robbery that occurred roadside at 54 Street and 40 Avenue in Wetaskiwin.

On arrival it was discovered that an Eagle Taxi (cab) driver was flagged down by a male at which time he stopped as he believed it was a fare he was attending too.

The taxi driver drove up the street when the suspect pulled a long gun rifle on him. A short scuffle ensured and the male made off with the cab.

Wetaskiwin RCMP, assisted by Maskawacis RCMP, set up containment of the area and later located the abandon cab on 8 Mile Road on the Louis Bull Reservation.

With the fresh snowfall members were able to track the accused to a nearby residence. Male suspect was arrested at the residence without incident.

The following accused, Chase LOUIS, of Maskawacis has been charged with the following offences: Robbery with a firearm, Theft over $5000, Fail to comply with conditions x 4, Pointing a firearm and numerous other offences.

LOUIS remains in custody.

The Wetaskiwin RCMP have been very busy investigating several robbery complaints over the past week.

If you have information about this incident, please contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7267. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Submitted by Sgt Corey KYLE, Wetaskiwin RCMP