Alleged armed robbery ends in Johnstone area arrest

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
August 10, 2018 - 10:45am

A young man is in custody following an alleged armed robbery at a north Red Deer business on Wednesday.

RCMP responded just after 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 to a store on Gaetz Avenue where staff had told them a male was shoplifting and in possession of a large knife.

The male fled the store in a blue SUV with two female companions.

Mounties quickly located the vehicle, which refused to stop for police and fled northbound on Gaetz before heading west towards the Johnstone area.

Police tracked the SUV and located it abandoned on James Street and Jacobs Close.

The male was then arrested shortly after attempting to flee on foot. He refused to provide his name to police, but they soon identified him as 22-year-old Jordan Dempster.

Police say the SUV he'd been driving was reported stolen out of Red Deer that same day after it had been left unlocked, though without any keys inside.

Dempster is charged with possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, robbery with a weapon, operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, resisting a peace officer, possession of stolen property under $5,000, and failing to comply with probation.

He has been remanded to appear in Red Deer court on August 23.

The two females were released from police custody without charges.

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