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Police led on wild car chase through Red Deer

A Red Deer woman had only seconds to remove her child from a carseat before a man with a knife took off in her car on Tuesday.

Police say a man threatened a mother and her child before leading police on a chase in her car through Red Deer. That chase ended with the vehicle crashing into two police vehicles in Riverside Meadows, where police apprehended a suspect in a high-risk takedown.

A Red Deer man faces numerous charges in connection to the incident.

Police were initially called to a shoplifting complaint at the Save On Foods in the East Hill Market at 22nd Street and 30th Avenue. At the time police, were advised that staff had two male suspects in custody.

Before police arrived at the grocery store, one male was reported to have pulled a hunting knife and threatened three Save On Foods employees. He then fled the store on foot.

Police then received another call of a male, matching the description of the shoplifting suspect, in the Inglewood subdivision. The suspect allegedly flagged down a moving vehicle, pulled out a knife, made a threatening motion and tried to open the driver’s door.

Police said as the vehicle fled, the suspect then tried to slash the tires.

A third call was received by police within minutes, again from the Inglewood area. Police said the suspect approached a vehicle where a mother had just picked up her child from a day home and secured the child into a carseat.

Police allege the suspect showed the woman a knife that was hidden in his waistband and told her she had 30 seconds to remove her child from the vehicle.

The mother quickly took her child out of the car and police said the suspect stole the vehicle.

The mother inadvertently left her cellphone in the vehicle and police used the phone to determine the location of the stolen vehicle as it was driven through Red Deer.

Eventually, the vehicle was spotted near 67th Street and Gaetz Avenue.

A police officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the stolen vehicle. But the suspect would not stop and police pursued the vehicle.

During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle collided with two police cars.

Shortly after, police performed a high-risk takedown and took a suspect into custody.

While no one was seriously injured during the incident, police say the suspect suffered minor injuries from the collision.

Police have charged Duane Luz, 42, of Red Deer with three counts of assault with a weapon; two counts of breach of a recognizance; and one count each of robbery with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, flight from police, dangerous driving and assaulting police with a weapon.

Luz remains in custody and will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday.

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