Robbery suspect arrested and sent back to Edmonton, and other Kitimat police files

A selection of the 63 police calls for Kitimat between December 1 and December 8.

December 1

RCMP executed an unendorsed warrant for a robbery charge on behalf of the Edmonton Police Service. A male was arrested without incident and lodged in Kitimat jail cells while awaiting transportation back to Edmonton.

December 2

After stopping a vehicle for a broken headlight, an officer reported she could smell a strong odour of marijuana from the car. The driver and the two passengers were arrested for allegedly possessing a controlled substance. Police say that they had reasonable grounds to believe the driver was impaired by drugs, including signs of impairment from the driver in addition to the strong odour. A 24-hour prohibition from driving was served, and the vehicle was impounded for the same amount of time. A notice and order for the burned out headlight was also issued.

December 3

An intoxicated male was given a cab ride home after being reported as sleeping on a bench at the City Centre Mall. The police say he was highly intoxicated however he was able to care for himself which is why he was given the option for cab transport.

December 4

Members followed up on an abandoned 9-1-1 call from the City Centre Mall but a patrol in the area of the mall turned up no one in distress.

Police attended to a stopped vehicle on Haisla Bridge. RCMP conducted traffic control until a tow truck arrived. According to the police file, “According to the male driver, he had the dumb luck of running out of gas on the bridge.”

December 5

Police were called to assist in creating an arrangement with a couple who had turned their motor home at the pump house along Haisla Boulevard into a permanent residence. The land is owned by Rio Tinto Alcan, and the complainant worried about safety and liability concerns, due to winter weather coming and high river level concerns. The couple explained it was their economic situation that had them living in the motor home. An agreement was reached between the couple and the company and they have promised to remove their motor home by the middle of the month. The Kitimat Housing Resource Project worker, police say, are working with the couple to find a new home for them.

December 6

Police responded to an alleged domestic assault and found an intoxicated male which checks showed had unendorsed warrants for past events, and no-consume conditions. The male was immediately arrested on those outstanding issues, and evidence collected at the scene was enough to forward charge recommendations to Crown related to the call. That is despite little interest from the alleged victim in pursuing charges.

Police Emergency Health Services were called on a report of a woman apparently banging on the floor of her apartment and speaking incoherently. The building manager opened the apartment door for police and found an elderly woman who had fallen from her wheelchair, and had a small injury on her arm.

December 7

Police responded to a call that a person outside of an apartment building was crying. However police and emergency health services only found a woman outside having a smoke, with no signs of any injury or abuse. No services were needed.

Police were called to a loud party in an apartment on Albatross Avenue, where the complainant said they could hear screaming and smashing furniture. When police arrived the party had simmered and police just asked the people in the apartment to keep the noise down, which the person at the door agreed to.

December 8

A driver was issued a 90 day licence suspension and a 30-day vehicle impoundment after police found him asleep in the drivers seat, in his vehicle which was parked and running in the Kitimat Legion parking lot. The person had refused an alcohol screening, refusal of which carries the same penalties as failing a breath test.

Just after 4 a.m., police received a call of a fight at the Kitimat Hotel. When police arrived they spoke with four people, the complainant and three others. The complainant stated that he was allegedly sucker punched in the bathroom by an unknown male. Another person said she was allegedly punched by an unknown female. The third person said that he was allegedly punched by an unknown female after he told her to leave. (In more colourful language, according to the police report.) Three of the four people the officers spoke with had been drinking except for one who was the designated driver. All were asked to come to the detachment later to provide statements and the matter is still being investigated.

Police couldn’t find the subject of a call that reported a teen male was stumblingly around Cormorant Avenue, near the Shell gas station. The caller was worried for the teen’s safety. After extensive patrols the person was not found.

If you have information about these or any other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash reward.