Carjacking accused appears in court

A man accused of carjacking a driver at knifepoint in January made a brief court appearance on Tuesday. Red Deer city RCMP arrested Duane Karl Luz, 43, on the city’s north end on Jan. 17 after it’s alleged he carjacked a vehicle at a food store in the Anders subdivision.

A man accused of carjacking a driver at knifepoint in January made a brief court appearance on Tuesday.

Red Deer city RCMP arrested Duane Karl Luz, 43, on the city’s north end on Jan. 17 after it’s alleged he carjacked a vehicle at a food store in the Anders subdivision.

Police allege the accused had a knife in his belt when he approached a vehicle where a woman was putting her child in the car seat, ordered her and the child away from the vehicle and then drove off.

The man was arrested at the north end of the city after police say the vehicle he was driving collided with two RCMP cars.

He was charged with numerous offences, including theft, robbery, assaulting a police officer with a weapon and fleeing police.

Luz, who has been remanded, will be back in court for election and plea on May 31. He is applying for legal aid so he can get a new lawyer, court heard on Tuesday.