A Blackfalds man was arrested in connection with a violent home invasion in Rimbey in April. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Bluffton armed robbery suspect arrested, say Rimbey RCMP

A 28-year-old man allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Bluffton has been arrested.

Rimbey RCMP were called to the Bluffton City General Store just after 6 a.m. Friday, where a male suspect failed to pay for groceries and gas.

Police say the suspect shot a store clerk after being confronted. The clerk was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thanks to the public and the Edmonton Police Service, a man and woman allegedly involved in the robbery were identified Monday.

Charges were sworn against Brian Daniel Spence and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, RCMP detachments in Wetaskiwin and Camrose became aware Spence was in a stolen vehicle near Ohaton. The vehicle broke down and Spence fled on foot.

Police say “a significant track” led to the RCMP locating Spence hiding in an outbuilding on a farm property, and a “high-risk” arrest was conducted.

The truck that Spence was travelling in was stolen from Vegreville.

Spence is facing six criminal charges, including aggravated assault and robbery.

No charges have been laid against the 30-year-old female passenger associated with the robbery in Bluffton.

RCMP are investigating the possibility she may have been threatened and coerced into her participation. The investigation into that aspect of the robbery continues.

“I’m pleased that no one was hurt, and happy to see a swift resolution to this disturbing violent robbery,” said Sgt. Pierre St-Cyr of the Rimbey RCMP detachment.



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