Citizens help in arrest of man linked to home invasion

Local citizens had a direct hand in helping Red Deer RCMP arrest a stolen vehicle suspect who police later learned was also a suspect in a home invasion.

Local citizens had a direct hand in helping Red Deer RCMP arrest a stolen vehicle suspect who police later learned was also a suspect in a home invasion.

On Saturday, RCMP located a vehicle that had been reported stolen a few days earlier, thanks to assistance from a witness who was able to offer the location of the vehicle and detailed descriptions of the three suspects as they exited the vehicle and entered Parkland Mall.

RCMP members patrolled the mall and when they went to arrest one male suspect, he allegedly threw coffee at a police officer and made a run for it. But members of the public managed to detain him briefly until the RCMP officer could handcuff him.

RCMP continue to look for the second male suspect and the female suspect.

RCMP located various replica firearms, bear spray and other stolen property inside the stolen vehicle. The subsequent investigation tied this suspect to a home invasion in Red Deer on Saturday at a residence at 35th Street and 51st Avenue, which police believe was a targeted attack. Further charges have been laid and both investigations are ongoing.

“Tips from the public play an important role in locating and arresting the prolific criminals who are responsible for numerous crimes in the region,” says Sgt. Eric McKenzie of Red Deer RCMP. “Police can’t be everywhere, and we are very appreciative of citizens who play their part in helping us to arrest criminals.”

Jesse James Leckner, 24, of Red Deer faces the following charges for the Jan. 17 events: uttering threats, assault on police officer, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of a firearm contrary to order.

He faces the following charges for the Jan. 15 home invasion file: break and enter with intent: robbery with restricted weapon, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, two counts of assault with weapon, forcible confinement, mischief, and possession of a firearm contrary to order.

He will appear on Monday in Red Deer provincial court.