Murder suspect had history of violence

Police are looking for a second suspect in a recent stabbing death, but the one facing a murder charge was the subject of a violent-offender warning.

Police are looking for a second suspect in a recent stabbing death, but the one facing a murder charge was the subject of a violent-offender warning.

Daniel Boyd Sawyer, 31, is listed as a high-risk offender, according to the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.

He was released from custody in 2010 after serving a four-year sentence on convictions of manslaughter, assault with a weapon and trafficking a controlled substance. The Edmonton Police Service issued the information and warning, calling Sawyer a violent offender and saying he “poses a risk of significant harm to the community.”

He was convicted of those charges in October 2005. He pleaded guilty at the time.

On Nov. 18, just after 9 p.m., police were called to a disturbance at the pub located in Village Mall in north Red Deer. Upon arrival, police and Red Deer Emergency Services found Alan Beach, 31, suffering from stab wounds. Beach was transported to hospital and later died from the injuries he sustained.

Sawyer turned himself into Red Deer RCMP on Nov. 27 and has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police are looking for a second suspect who was captured on video surveillance entering the Blarney Stone Pub at about 9 p.m.

The second suspect is described as a Caucasian male, about 30 years old with short dark hair and was clean shaven. He is about 1.77 metres (five-foot-10) tall and weighs about 200 pounds. At the time of the incident he wore a dark coloured jacket, dark pants and a dark coloured baseball cap with a white logo on the front. He may be travelling in a black pickup truck.

Police said the second suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who has information on the incident or the second suspect is asked to contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. The Serious Crimes Branch is assisting with the investigation.