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

Witnesses describe scene of fatal 2016 collision

Delburne man on trial for manslaughter after being accused of causing collision

New housing for seniors under construction in Innisfail

60 lodge units and 30 self-contained apartments

Red Deer student excels: 11 year old hosts fundraiser to help kids

A Red Deer youngster is like most students, with a few exceptions:… Continue reading

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

Dumba scores twice, Wild rout Canadiens 7-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Reeling and banged up, the Minnesota Wild were… Continue reading

Coach Hunter wants up-tempo Team Canada as world junior squad hits ice

COLWOOD, B.C. — Team Canada coach Tim Hunter says the team that… Continue reading

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

NEW YORK — A study organized by Time’s Up, the organization formed… Continue reading

Price Is Right contestant wins winter trip to Winnipeg, Churchill

WINNIPEG — Who wants to visit Winnipeg in the dead of winter?… Continue reading

CBC Gem streaming service to launch exclusive content, partners with Wattpad

TORONTO — The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live… Continue reading

‘Part of the solution:’ Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

EDMONTON — Alberta is looking for someone to build a new oil… Continue reading

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns: experts

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old… Continue reading

Most Read