BONNYVILLE – A man was recently arrested after a serious assault was reported in the Town of Bonnyville.
In the early hours of March 22, Bonnyville RCMP received a complaint of an injured male requesting assistance in the area of 50th St. And 51st Ave.
“Members attended and the male was transported to hospital by EMS, where he was treated and is expected to make a full recovery,” stated Bonnyville RCMP Sgt. Kim Hillier.
The Bonnyville General Investigation Section (GIS) was called in to assist. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim allegedly got into an altercation with another male at the intersection of 50th St. and 50th Ave., which resulted in the victim’s injuries.
Christopher Lepine, 34, of Bonnyville has been charged with aggravated assault, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking condition.
He was taken before a justice of the peace and released on $250 with conditions. His next appearance in court is set for April 6.
RCMP respond to family dispute
On March 21, Bonnyville RCMP responded to a family dispute where an occupant of the residence was threatening to burn down the house.
“When members arrived, the suspect was in the basement and had a loaded firearm,” Hillier stated.
A 24-year-old man from Kehewin was arrested for multiple charges, including firearms-related charges, and was held for a judicial interim release hearing. He was released by the justice on a $1,000 no cash release with conditions.
Brazen thieves arrested
Unknown suspects rifled through a woman’s vehicle and went into her garage, Hillier said. Sunglasses and keys were reported stolen.
“The complainant was able to provide significant details, and with the assistance of surveillance video, members were able to identify the vehicle involved.”
Hillier said at approximately 12:30 a.m. the suspects were "brazen" enough to return to the property.
“Members quickly spread out and located the suspected vehicle,” she detailed. “Upon locating two of the four suspects, members placed them under arrest and the other males fled on foot. After a short foot chase, one of the males evaded apprehension, however, the second male was arrested.”
The suspect vehicle was reported to be stolen out of St. Paul.
Shane Jackson, 30, of St. Paul was taken before the justice of the peace and released on $2,500 no cash to appear in court on April 20.
RCMP received a report on March 21 from a resident who told police that a "person known to her had arrived at her residence and had smashed out some of the windows of her house with a 2x4," Hillier stated.
Although the suspect had left prior to police arriving on the scene, they were able to locate her in a residence in the same community.
The suspect refused to leave the house she was in, which forced the officers to apply for a warrant to enter the residence. When it was granted, the 35-year-old woman from Lac La Biche was arrested and charged with mischief.
She was released on an undertaking for court on Aug. 24 in Bonnyville.
No one was injured during the original altercation.
Bottle depot broken into
“A complainant reported that an unknown suspect has been breaking into the bottle depot compound and stealing bottles over a period of three nights,” Hillier noted. “The investigation is ongoing and video is being reviewed.”
Community mailbox targeted
The community mailbox at 4102 45th St. Was broken into, a complainant reported to RCMP on March 27.
“It’s unknown if anything was stolen,” Hillier noted. “A member attended and viewed security footage. Canada Post is aware and working to find a solution to the continued damage to mailboxes.”
Vehicles stolen, broken into
The Bonnyville RCMP received a couple of reports last week about vehicles being stolen or broken into.
On March 19, a report came in that a truck was stolen from someone’s driveway overnight on Township Rd. 615 at Rge Rd. 450.
“Members later located the vehicle and seized it for forensic examination. This investigation is ongoing,” noted Hillier.
Another report was filed on March 27 when a male realized his 2016 Brown Hyundai Sonata was stolen from his driveway.
“The complainant advised police that he believes the suspect may have gained entry to his home and took the keys as the front door was ajar that morning,” explained Hillier. “The keys were by the front door on the counter.”
This instance occurred on 49th Ave. The vehicle was later recovered in the Elk Point area.