Description of armed robbery suspects released

Red Deer RCMP have released descriptions of two suspects accused of holding up the Quality Inn North Hill VLT lounge on Wednesday, and information on their getaway car.

Red Deer RCMP have released descriptions of two suspects accused of holding up the Quality Inn North Hill VLT lounge on Wednesday, and information on their getaway car.

The first suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his 20s about 1.8 metres (six-foot-two) tall with a thin build weighing 82 kg (180 pounds). He has a pock-marked face and short brown hair above the ears. He was carrying a shot gun and wearing a face covering.

The second suspect is described as a Caucasian man between 1.73 metres and 1.78 metres (five-foot-eight and five-foot-10) tall with a stocky build. He has short brown hair and he was wearing sunglasses and a face covering.

The suspects fled the hotel in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata, which RCMP recovered at 1:50 p.m. in an alley near Norquay Street.

The car had been reported stolen on Aug. 3 from the Kentwood neighbourhood. It was abandoned and running with the doors open.

Police believe there was a second vehicle waiting for the suspects to help them escape.

On Wednesday, police responded to an armed robbery shortly after 1 p.m. at the hotel’s VLT lounge.

Less than a month earlier, two men held up the Radisson Hotel.

Const. Derek Turner said it is too early at this stage in the investigation to determine whether the two robberies are related or if there is a connection to any other armed robberies in the area.

RCMP ask anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Norquay Street between about 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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