Wetaskiwin robbery involved gunshot: police

Aboriginal man with what appeared to be shotgun attempted to rob kids on city's south side

  • Jan. 18, 2017 8:00 a.m.

Submitted by Cst. Holly PorterfieldWetaskiwin RCMP

 

Wetaskiwin RCMP are looking for public assistance to identify the suspects in an attempted robbery that involved a firearm being discharged on January 16th, 2017, shortly after 8 p.m.

Police were called to the parking lot of the Manluk Centre by a 17-year-old male after his truck had been approached on the south side of town by an aboriginal man with what appeared to be a shotgun demanding personal items from the young man and his 16-year-old female passenger.

The victim took off at which time the suspect got into a black Ford Focus, that had other occupants, and followed the truck. The young man drove to the Manluk Centre parking lot where the car appeared again. Occupants of the black Ford Focus then pointed a gun at the young man and other witnesses, then left southbound.

A bullet hole was found in the driver’s side door of the young man’s truck believed to have occurred when the boy drove away from the man with the gun. Fortunately no one was hurt in this incident.

The youth did not get a good look at the occupants of the Ford Focus.

Police believe they have located the suspect vehicle, burnt, in Maskwacis. It was stolen from Red Deer. Police are currently investigating some strong leads.

If you have information about this investigation, please call the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7267 or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.