A swift response from police has landed two men in custody.
At around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday (Jul.26), the Strathcona County RCMP responded to an attempted break and enter at a rural house near Township Road 530 and Range Road 215. The call said a suspicious vehicle and a couple people were trying to open the gate on the property.
Police responded immediately and arrested one of the men at the vehicle. The other suspect fled. With the help of police dogs, RCMP members soon arrested the second suspect.
The second suspect was in possession of a loaded handgun during his arrest. He suffered minor injuries from police dogs during the chase.
Police say the vehicle the two men were driving was stolen out of Lac la Biche. They also found seven firearms, a compound bow and drugs.
Isaiah Cardinal, 22, from Slave Lake is facing ten charges including three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Sonny Giant, 37, from Lac La Biche is facing 23 charges including nine counts of possession of a weapon contrary to an order and resisting a peace officer.
“The homeowner in this case was alert to the suspicious activity and responded well by calling 911 for help and allowing the RCMP to do their job,” said Inspector Beth Leatherdale, operations officer at the Strathcona County detachment. “We are trained to deal with high risk situations, and this incident had the potential to become very dangerous. This outcome is positive and we continue to be committed to interrupting the activities of criminals.”
Cardinal and Grant will be appearing in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Aug.1.