Bank robbery witness unable to identify accused

The only witness to get a good look at the man who robbed a Red Deer bank was unable to identify him in court on Thursday.

The only witness to get a good look at the man who robbed a Red Deer bank was unable to identify him in court on Thursday.

Dustin Aaron Clark, 36, is being tried by Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury on charges arising from a violent robbery and subsequent foot chase on Sept. 23, 2012.

He is accused of entering the TD Canada Trust branch in Village Mall, discharging a can of pepper spray and then bolting out the door, spraying another man who was outside the building as well as a man who took after him before he jumped a fence and ran toward nearby homes.

Homeowner Robin Anderson testified in court on Thursday that he was in his back yard when a man approached him, saying people were chasing him and he needed a place to hide.

“I thought I was being a Good Samaritan,” Anderson said, explaining that he tried to put the man in a shed, but didn’t have the keys. They went into the house together and proceeded from there to the basement, damaging the screen door on the way in. Anderson said he fixed the door while the young man went downstairs.

Anderson testified that he had made a few trips to the basement and back when he noticed the lights of a police car.

When he went back down to the basement, the man was gone.

Anderson said the man he helped was a little shorter than he is, physically strong and very lean, with short hair and wearing black shoes with trim on the soles.

He was shown a pair of shoes that he said looked like the ones the suspect had been wearing.

When defence counsel Norm Clair asked if the man he saw was in the courtroom, Anderson looked first at members of the jury and then scanned the rest of the room, eventually locking eyes with Clark, who was staring back at him from the prisoner’s box.

“I couldn’t be 100 per cent sure,” Anderson said.

The trial continued with testimony from various police and expert witnesses, including Const. Simon Vigras, who tracked the suspect with his police dog, Cola.

Vigras said he and Cola picked up the trail in the park west of the Village Mall shopping centre and followed it south and down the hill to 60th Street, but lost it in the green space between Gaetz and 49th Avenues.

Searching outside homes on the south side of Hermary Street, Vigras testified that Cola found some money under a tree in one of the yards, but did not enter the Anderson home as part of their search.

Anderson’s son, Kristopher, testified that police were called to search the house because articles of clothing had been disturbed in his room and other items, including a hotel key card and a pair of sunglasses had been left on a desk in the main area of the basement.

The trial is scheduled to last until the end of next week, but is anticipated to finish earlier.

Just Posted

Updated: Red Deer welcomes 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Alberta

About 250 Alberta athletes are participating in the Games

Syrian immigrants feel welcomed

Winter Social held at Festival Hall to promote multiculturalism

Small group rallies with pro-immigration message

Group wanted to counter misinformation on United Nations migration agreement

Trump says ‘things are going very well’ with North Korea

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that “things are going very… Continue reading

NDP won’t stop until Trans Mountain is built, says minister

Deron Bilous speaks at Red Deer chamber luncheon

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Kriechmayr edges Swiss favourite Feuz to win WCup downhill

WENGEN, Switzerland — It takes a special run to beat Switzerland’s best… Continue reading

WestJet plane heading to Victoria slides off Edmonton runway, no injuries

EDMONTON — A WestJet plane has slid off an icy taxiway at… Continue reading

Sam Bennett scores twice, Flames beat Red Wings 6-4

Flames 6, Red Wings 4 CALGARY — Sam Bennett scored twice including… Continue reading

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Most Read