Armed robbery suspect in custody

RCMP have a suspect in custody after an armed robbery near Alhambra on Wednesday.

RCMP have a suspect in custody after an armed robbery near Alhambra on Wednesday.

A police press release says that at about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Rocky Mountain House police received a 911 call that an armed man had just held up the gas station and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

Officers from Rocky and Sylvan Lake detachments subsequently spotted a suspect driving a stolen vehicle.

When officers attempted to stop the suspect, the driver fled, resulting in a brief high-speed chase before the arrest was made.

“These types of incidents are very volatile and have the potential to be of very serious consequences for both the public and our officers,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Groves, Rocky detachment commander. “Fortunately, no one was physically injured during the armed robbery and the subsequent pursuit.”

Nelson Ryan Gomes, 29, of the Eckville area, has been charged with 18 criminal counts. The charges include armed robbery, flight from police, wearing a disguise with intent, dangerous driving, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose and numerous breach of court orders.

Gomes is in custody and will appear in court on Monday.

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