Skip to content

Mounties arrest man after botched Grassland car-jacking attempt

Grassland attempted car-jacking nabs suspect with linked criminal past

GRASSLAND - Boyle RCMP confirm a man being held in custody on several charges after a failed car-jacking in Grassland over the weekend served three years in jail in connection to the death of another man involved in a car jacking in 2016.

RCMP say they have arrested a 34 year old after a late afternoon complaint call on March 27 where the occupant of a parked vehicle was forced out by a man holding a gun. Police say when the suspect got into the vehicle, he was unable to start it and fled on foot. RCMP arriving at the scene located a suspect a short time later.

A duffel bag said to have been holding two more firearms and ammunition was reportedly found inside the vehicle the suspect tried to steal.

Police say Casey Potts of no fixed address has been charged with 19 offences stemming from the incident. The suspect is believed to have links to northeastern Alberta.

Prior conviction

In 2016, Potts was arrested on a second-degree murder charge in connection to the homicide of a 37-year-old man in Onoway. At the time, the dead man was believed to have been with Potts during a car-jacking involving a woman and her six-year-old son in the Stony Plain area.

RCMP say Potts served a three-year sentence on that matter.

There were no reports of injury in the weekend's arrest, with the suspect taken into custody without incident.

Potts is facing charges of armed robbery, careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm and 12 counts of possessing a firearm contrary to court orders. He was remanded into custody following an Interim Judicial Release Hearing, and is scheduled to appear in Boyle Provincial Court on April 13.

Boyle RCMP are continuing to investigate the case and ask anyone with information to call their detachment at 780-689-3622 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).