Convenience store robbery suspect arrested

A Red Deer man has been charged in connection with a pair of robberies at a West Park gas station last week.

A Red Deer man has been charged in connection with a pair of robberies at a West Park gas station last week.

The first robbery occurred at 12:42 a.m. at the Fas Gas gas station in the 4300 block of 55th Avenue.

RCMP allege a lone male entered the station and demanded cash from the clerk, suggesting he had a firearm. The clerk complied and the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The second robbery happened at 3:44 a.m.

This time, a lone man demanded cash and cigarettes from the clerk. The suspect left again with an undisclosed amount of both.

After both robberies, the suspect was seen walking eastbound. No one was injured in the incidents.

Red Deer RCMP identified a suspect Thursday in the two crimes and were in the process of getting an arrest warrant when he was found.

While on a routine patrol about 3:30 a.m. Friday, police tried to stop a car that was travelling slowly near 67th Street and 51st Avenue. RCMP allege the driver initially refused to stop. When it finally came to a stop the driver fled.

The dog team was called in and a suspect was nabbed a short time later and arrested.

Andrew Forseth, 28, of Red Deer has been charged with six counts of robbery, one count of flight from police, two counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of failing to appear in court, and two counts of failing to comply with court orders.

Forseth made a brief court appearance Monday and will return to court Nov. 18.

RCMP are continuing to investigate another pair of robberies last Wednesday at the Eastview Express 24 on Erickson Drive and the Canadian Tire Gas Bar at Gaetz Avenue and 59th Street.

About 7:20 a.m. a lone man, armed with a knife tried to rob the Express 24 at 140 Erickson Drive.

Police were called a robbery at the gas bar about 5:30 p.m. after a man with a knife got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.