Police are looking for 42-year-old Rad Rondeau after he allegedly assaulted a Red Deer RCMP officer. Photo by contributed by RCMP

RCMP still looking for man who allegedly assaulted officer in Red Deer

Police are still looking for the man who allegedly assaulted a Red Deer RCMP officer.

Rad Rondeau, 42, is facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, robbery and obstruction after allegedly knocking an officer unconscious Tuesday morning.

The policeman was left on the ground bleeding from his head.

“We have officers who are assaulted while they’re working very often, and we don’t report it every time,” said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott.

“But this type of an assault was quite egregious. When it leaves an officer unconscious and on the ground bleeding, then I would consider that as a more unusual assault.

“… In my three years, I can’t think of too many other times we’ve reported on somebody left in a situation like this.”

Police were called just before 3:30 a.m. to a Red Deer business on 50th Avenue, where there was a complaint of a trespasser.

An RCMP officer spotted the suspect and engaged in conversation with him. The man then allegedly assaulted the officer and fled.

One person witnessed the incident and provided first aid to the officer, who suffered injuries and was taken to hospital. He has been released, but it is unknown if he is back at work.

An incident like this is “very concerning” for officers, Scott said.

“It demonstrates a lack of respect for the (officer) he was dealing with, which means we will be very conscious in our future dealings with this man,” she said.

Rondeau, who was wanted on unrelated arrest warrants resulting from offences committed in May, is described as Caucasian, about five foot 10, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is of no fixed address.

“We believe he is known to be around town, so we think somebody is going to see him some time. We’re just looking for … public assistance so we can locate him and deal with him,” Scott said.

Anyone with information or knowledge of Rondeau’s whereabouts is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local detachment.

Police urge people not to approach Rondeau if they see him.

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