On a quiet evening, when most businesses are closing up for the evening, having someone enter your shop and demand money was no doubt a terrifying ordeal for the staff that were in these businesses.
On June 22, 2015 just before 9:00 p.m. the Chestermere RCMP received a 911 call from a business located at #175 Chestermere Station Way reporting an attempted robbery. The suspect, described as a Caucasian male, approximately six feet four inches, thin build, wearing a dark hoody and sunglasses. Upon being told that there was no cash on hand, the suspect fled that business. He then entered another close by business and demanded money which was provided to him. No weapon was produced.
Chestermere RCMP members that were dispatched to the scene, quickly spotted a man matching the description in a residential area near to Chestermere Station Way. This man was challenged by a police officer but he then fled on foot. After a short foot chase in the Oakmere area of Chestermere the suspect was apprehended.
Money was recovered from the suspect which led to his arrest. Members of the neighbouring Strathmore RCMP Detachment also responded to this call along with a RCMP Dog team, although they were not utilized due to the quick arrest of the suspect.
“The assistance of the businesses and the public were instrumental in assisting the RCMP to locate and apprehend this suspect”, stated Staff Sergeant Glenn Henry with the Chestermere RCMP.
Although no persons were physically injured from this incident, The Strathmore Regional Victim Services Society has been asked to assist with the victims with any emotional distress they may be experiencing following such an ordeal.
The suspect, a 25 year old male from Calgary was taken into custody and will be charged with numerous offences including robbery. At this time it is not known what the suspect was doing in Chestermere or if he has any connections to the community.