Man facing armed robbery charges in Monday carjacking incident

A 26-year-old Red Deer man faces armed robbery charges after trying to steal a car in the parking lot at 5001 19th St. on Monday.

A 26-year-old Red Deer man faces armed robbery charges after trying to steal a car in the parking lot at 5001 19th St. on Monday.

RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity in the Best Buy store and arrived just in time to intercept an attempted carjacking in that store’s parking lot around 12:30 p.m.

Police say the initial call involved suspicious people removing the security tags from electronics. As the suspects left the store, one suspect approached a man in the parking lot and demanded his vehicle keys.

When the victim refused, the suspect brandished a knife. The victim handed the suspect his keys. As the victim shouted for someone to call the police, a Red Deer RCMP officer drove into the parking lot. The suspect ran and the officer chased him through the parking lot. The suspect was arrested without further incident.

Jacob Victor Dennis, 26, is charged with armed robbery. He appears in Red Deer provincial court 9:30 a.m. today.