THUNDER BAY – Crimebeat – On March 28th, 2012 at just before 4:00 p.m., the Airdrie RCMP received a phone call from Cross iron Mills Mall Security indicating that a female had passed a note to a good Samaritan asking her to call 911 as she had been abducted and assaulted. The good Samaritan took the note to mall security, who then contacted the police, located the victim and the suspect and secured their location.
On duty, plain clothes RCMP members were nearby when the call was received and responded immediately to the security office of the mall.
Upon their arrival, one of the officers spoke to the victim and identified herself as a police officer. The suspect immediately became angry and assaulted the victim in front of the police officers. The police officers attempted to arrest the suspect who resisted arrested and actively fought with police. After a concerted effort, the members were able to control the suspect, and get him handcuffed.
Investigation by the Airdrie RCMP, with assistance form Calgary RCMP Major Crimes Section, determined that the victim and the male had been involved in a domestic relationship, however, the victim had recently separated from the accused because of previous abusive behaviour. The victim had reported an incident on March 15th, 2012 where the accused was arrested and released on strict conditions. The accused violated these conditions, and attended the victim’s residence. He abducted and assaulted her, and threatened the life of her dog.
The victim was taken to the hospital for examination, and the RCMP members and accused were treated and released from the Urgent Care Centre for injuries they sustained during the altercation. The male, who cannot be named, of Innisfail, 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 offenses. He has been remanded in custody and will appear in Airdrie court on Monday April 2nd, 2012.
According to Insp. Hamori the Officer in Charge of Airdrie Detachment: “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.”