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Red Deer man charged with robbery, assault after carjacking

A Red Deer man was charged with robbery and assault after a motorist was forced out of his vehicle during a carjacking at a Hwy 2 rest stop.

According to Olds RCMP, at about 5 a.m. on June 5, a 60-year-old Calgary motorist was sitting in his vehicle, which was parked at rest stop beside the northbound lanes of Hwy 2, just north of the Hwy 27 overpass.

The motorist noticed a man approaching his car. The man pulled on a partially open car window, shattering it. He then allegedly pulled the motorist out of the vehicle and onto the ground, and drove off northward on Hwy 2 with his car.

The victim was unhurt and called police.

Olds RCMP asked Red Deer-area RCMP to watch for the stolen vehicle. A car of the same description was pulled over shortly after in Gasoline Alley.

Craig Abendroth, 38, of Red Deer, was charged with assault and robbery. He is expected to make his first appearance at Didsbury provincial court on Monday.

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