Two people were arrested in Red Deer Wednesday night for breaching no-contact conditions. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Large police presence at downtown Red Deer residence Wednesday night

Two people arrested

Police say several officers responded to an unknown situation involving a possible firearm Wednesday night at a downtown residential building.

Red Deer RCMP said shortly after 7 p.m., officers contained the scene along 55th Street and determined that the individual inside the residence was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Informed that the suspect was armed with a weapon, RCMP requested the assistance of the emergency response team and the police dog service.

Shortly after the emergency response team served the warrant, they took one male and one female into custody without incident.

Quentin Strawberry, 39, of O’Chiese First Nation, and Jennifer Caswell, 38, of Red Deer, were arrested for breaching no-contact conditions.

Strawberry is charged with failure to comply and is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 9.

Caswell is charged with breach of probation and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 10.

Strawberry was charged by RCMP with attempted murder in connection to a Dec. 2, 2019, machete attack in Red Deer, but that murder charge was dropped.

He pleaded guilty to two lesser charges – obstructing police and breaching the terms of his house arrest – in late-September.

Strawberry had received a 60-day sentence, which was already fulfilled by the time he’s spent in pretrial custody.

He is also scheduled to go on trial in March for charges of second-degree murder and assault causing bodily harm in connection to a death in Grandview in March 2019.

In late-September, a second-degree murder charge was dropped against Caswell, who was accused of being involved in the death of Joseph Junior Alfred Gallant, 45.

RCMP were called to the Grandview home around midnight on March 29, 2019. Neighbours phoned 911 after Gallant, who had been stabbed, called for help. The father of two died later in hospital.

Gallant had come to Red Deer for work from Prince Edward Island less than four months before his death.



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