Man arrested for car theft and assault

Red Deer RCMP continue search for second suspect

Red Deer RCMP arrested a man in connection with an assault on a woman after her car was stolen from Normandeau in December.

On Dec. 14, a 25-year-old woman was assaulted after she found two men in her stolen car at a nearby gas station shortly after her she reported the theft. She was struck and kicked by one of the suspects when she confronted them, and they fled the scene on foot.

Police said a tip about the identity of one of the suspects came from the public and he was located shortly after midnight on Dec. 29 after a U-Haul truck fled police during an attempted traffic stop.

The truck was found abandoned in the Pines neighbourhood shortly afterwards, and the suspect was located nearby on foot with assistance from Police Dog Services. He was taken into custody without incident.

A 32-year-old man, of Red Deer, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, careless use of a firearm, and possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition in connection to the Dec. 14 incident.

He is further charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, and operation of motor vehicle while being pursued by police. He is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

RCMP continue to investigate the identity of the second suspect in the Dec. 14 car theft and assault and thank the public for their assistance.

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