Second suspect arrested in shooting of Red Deer clerk

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a convenience store clerk in Red Deer earlier this month.

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a convenience store clerk in Red Deer earlier this month.

Red Deer City RCMP allege that Jaysen Arancon Reyes, 26, suffered gunshot wounds to his face and hands during a robbery at the West Park Fas Gas at about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11

Eric Michael Ayotte, 29, of no fixed address, was arrested on Friday on a single charge of using a sawed-off shotgun to commit a robbery. Ayotte was brought before Judge Bert Skinner in Red Deer provincial court on Monday and remains in custody pending a bail hearing set for Wednesday.

Suspect Jeffery Lyle Geary, 30, surrendered himself to RCMP in Blackfalds on Friday, Sept. 13.

Geary, also of no fixed address, is charged with attempted murder, robbery with a prohibited firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a loaded and prohibited firearm and possession of a stolen and prohibited firearm.

Both suspects are being held at the Red Deer Remand Centre and are due back in court on Wednesday.

Hired as a temporary foreign worker, Reyes remains in treatment at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Fas Gas Fuels has set up a fund to help bring his mother from the Philippines and to provide support for him and his family.

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