Drayton Valley RCMP arrested four suspects after an armed home invasion and a four-and-a-half-hour search and standoff in the Moon Lake Hall area last Tuesday.
The incident on July 28 saw a pursuit, a vehicle fire, and the deployment of the RCMP Emergency Response Team. The resulting capture and arrests led to charges laid against the four accused subjects, said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott in a release.
“At 8:32 a.m., Drayton Valley RCMP were dispatched to a home invasion that had just occurred. The suspects fled the house prior to police arrival,” Scott detailed.
“The suspect vehicle was initially spotted on Highway 759 by an Alberta Sheriff, but an attempt to stop it was not successful. The driver of the vehicle continued to flee. The vehicle was spotted by a homeowner on Range Road 72 near Highway 624. The driver fled that property and was located by members in a field off of Range Road 73 near Moon Lake Hall. The RCMP set up containment when the vehicle was spotted on a field. The vehicle caught fire in the field, and the attending RCMP members contained the area.”
Neighbouring detachments of Evansburg, Mayerthorpe and Parkland all provided assistance with the containment. Supporting units, including Police Dog Services, Emergency Response Team and Air Services were all engaged, RCMP said in a release on Thursday, July 30.
Two men were found at a house near Highway 22. The other two were located thanks to a tip from the public.
Three of the accused were treated and released at a local hospital as a result of injuries believed to have been sustained by jumping from the moving vehicle, Scott noted. No one else was injured during these incidents.
Shawn Victor Fleming, 30, Stuart Kevin McMillan, 19, and Dylan Alexander Andres, 21, all of Edmonton are jointly facing numerous criminal code charges including; break and enter to a dwelling house, using a firearm while committing an indictable offence and possession of a prohibited weapon.
Judicial interim hearings were held and all three accused remain in custody to attend court on Aug. 4 in Drayton Valley.
A 38-year-old woman from Edmonton is also facing charges which have not been sworn in court yet.
Information received led investigators to a location where two firearms were recovered.
The public assistance received by the RCMP was very appreciated throughout this incident.
“Thanks to a public tip, the male and female suspects have been arrested without incident, with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team,” said Scott.
The initial call of an armed break-in led to an alert from RCMP for Drayton Valley residents to shelter in place.
“Following a home invasion resulting in a stolen vehicle, reported at 8:32 this morning, the RCMP continue to search for a male and a female suspect. They are believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous,” they reported after the first incident.
RCMP had a field contained in the Moon Lake Hall area, north of Drayton Valley, near Township Road 520 and Highway 22 during the search and standoff Tuesday.
A similar incident involving three male suspects and one female suspect, a stolen vehicle and an armed break-in occurred in Parkland County earlier this month. A doorbell camera caught the robbery and get-away. There is no word from RCMP if the incidents are connected.