Standoff suspect back in court on May 29

A man charged with 18 offences in connection with an armed robbery and standoff with police in Highland Green made a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

A man charged with 18 offences in connection with an armed robbery and standoff with police in Highland Green made a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

David James Kertesz, 27, of no fixed address, stands charged with offences including kidnapping, extortion, and pointing a firearm following an incident on May 14.

At about 2 a.m. that day, RCMP received a call of a robbery with a firearm outside an apartment building located on Parke Avenue in Red Deer.

It was determined the suspects fled to a home on Halman Crescent. RCMP tried to contact the suspects in the home, but police say they refused to come out.

The South emergency response team (ERT) was called and the people inside were subsequently removed. Neighbours who were evacuated were allowed to return home around 10 a.m.

Kertesz will be back in court for election and plea on May 29. He is remanded in custody.

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