Man fought with police when officers attempted to arrest him
A man is in custody after he allegedly violated bail conditions, attacked a woman he was in a relationship with, and also attacked a police officer who was attempting to arrest the suspect.
Sergeant Patricia Neely of the RCMP says the incident played out at the Cross Iron Mills Mall on March 28 at around 4 p.m. A woman had passed a note on to a good samaritan pleading with her to call 9-1-1 as she had been abducted and assaulted. The good samaritan then took the note to Mall Security who then called police. The security officers then found the victim and the suspect and secured their location.
Some on-duty, plain clothes RCMP officers were nearby when the call came in. They responded to the security office at the mall and were then directed to the suspect and the victim.
One of the officers then talked to the victim and identified herself as a police officer. The suspect then got very angry and assaulted the victim right in front of the police. When the officers attempted to arrest the man, he fought with police. Police were able to eventually subdue the suspect and get him handcuffed.
During the follow up investigation by the Airdrie RCMP, the Calgary RCMP Major Crimes Section found that the victim and the suspect were in a domestic relationship. Sergeant Neely says the victim had recently separated from the accused because of previous abusive behaviour.
On March 15, the victim had reported an incident to police and the accused was arrested and released on strict conditions. The accused violated the conditions and went to the victim’s home where he abducted and assaulted her and threatened the life of her dog.
The victim, the RCMP officer and the accused were all taken to hospital and treated for their injuries they sustained during the incident. The man, who cannot be named, is from Innisfail and has been charged with 15 counts, including break and enter with intent, forcible confinement, choking to overcome resistance, assault, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and other offences.
The man has been remanded into custody and will appear in Airdrie court on Monday, April 2.
Inspector Hamori, the Officer in Charge of Airdrie Detachment says ”The victim in this case is to be commended for her resolve at finding help which contributed to her own rescue, and the Good Samaritan and Mall Security deserve recognition for taking the matter seriously and obtaining assistance for her. The RCMP members attended very promptly, and despite suffering injuries themselves, were able to control the accused without serious injury to him, or others nearby. This incident is an excellent example of community / police co-operation which had a very positive outcome.”