Hearings set into attacks

Preliminary hearings have been scheduled for a Red Deer man accused of committing two violent attacks late last year. Tyler Alexander Coombs, 30, was arrested in January by Red Deer City RCMP investigating allegations that someone had forced his way into two different homes and attacked the occupants.

Preliminary hearings have been scheduled for a Red Deer man accused of committing two violent attacks late last year.

Tyler Alexander Coombs, 30, was arrested in January by Red Deer City RCMP investigating allegations that someone had forced his way into two different homes and attacked the occupants.

Police allege that Coombs was armed with a rifle when he broke into one home on Dec. 13 and sexually assaulted the woman inside.

Investigators further allege that he had forced his way into a different home on Nov. 24, held the man inside against his will and attacked him with a propane tank.

In Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday, represented by an agent for his lawyer, Coombs asked to be tried by judge alone in the Court of Queen’s Bench.

The preliminary hearings were requested by defence counsel Craig Paterson to determine whether the Crown’s evidence is strong enough to go to trial on each of the two matters, which are being handled separately.

The first hearing, which will examine evidence connected with the Nov. 24, 2013, incident, is set for Nov. 26 of this year.

A second hearing, concerning the charges arising from the Dec. 13, 2013, incident, is set for Dec. 5.

Denied bail in February, Coombs remains in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against him.

Just Posted

WATCH: Red Deer’s noxious weeds are a goat’s dietary delight

Piper Creek Community Garden gets chemical-free weed control

Get your guilty pleasures: Westerner Days food

Traditional sugary treats were served up by the plate, bowl and bucket… Continue reading

Centrefest brings feats of daring to Red Deer’s downtown

Fundraising was a tough slog, but it came together in the end

Count shows slight decrease in Red Deer’s homeless

In two years, the number of homeless in Red Deer has decreased… Continue reading

Redoing hip surgeries are costly, says new study

Redoing hip and knee replacements costs Canada’s health system $130 million a… Continue reading

WATCH: Cirque ZUMA ZUMA puts on a show at Westerner Days

ZUMA ZUMA performs three times a day during Westerner Days

PHOTOS: Red Deer’s Iron Buffalo rocks Westerner Days

Iron Buffalo opened for Helix and Lee Aaron Thursday at the ENMAX Centrium

Zuckerberg’s Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

NEW YORK — Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook.… Continue reading

Brazilian police arrest ‘Dr. Bumbum’ after patient dies

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have arrested celebrated plastic surgeon Denis… Continue reading

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

SEATTLE — A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete… Continue reading

Dolphins anthem punishment includes suspensions

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem… Continue reading

Soy “milk” makers may need to find alternative description

NEW YORK — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk”… Continue reading

Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death granted day parole

CALGARY — A woman whose son died after she failed to take… Continue reading

Greenpeace members arrested for climbing Olympic Stadium tower in Montreal

MONTREAL — Several Greenpeace members climbed the outside of the Olympic Stadium… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month