A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged after an alleged home invasion in Ponoka.
Just after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Ponoka RCMP responded to a 911 call, reporting an elderly man was home alone when he answered a knock at the door. The homeowner let the unknown male inside – the suspect then took items, pushed the elderly man down, took a knife and cut the phone cord. The suspect then left on a bicycle.
Police say this appeared to be “a random home invasion” at the Ponoka residence.
The homeowner was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.
Following this incident, police received other complaints in relation to the same man, including that he made unsuccessful threats to steal a vehicle.
At 7:49 p.m., with the help of public tips, RCMP located and arrested him without incident. The silver bike he was riding was seized and investigation is ongoing to determine if it was stolen.
“We appreciate the proactive efforts of the citizens in Ponoka who alerted the RCMP with information pertaining to this wrongdoer. This collaborative effort with police helped to facilitate the timely capture of this male” said Ponoka RCMP Sgt. Erin St-Cyr.
“This is a reminder that although we have a community where neighbours watch out for each other, we need to remain vigilant about keeping our doors locked and watching for suspicious people and activity.”
The 33-year-old man will be charged with two counts of robbery, assault causing bodily harm, break, enter and commit theft, and failing to comply with release conditions.
Anyone with information about these incidents, is asked to contact Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472.