Red Deer police ask for help solving series of muggings

Red Deer City RCMP are asking for the public’s help in tracking down two suspects involved in a series of muggings in early April.

Red Deer City RCMP are asking for the public’s help in tracking down two suspects involved in a series of muggings in early April.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer said the police have only now been able to link the suspects to the four incidents on April 6 and April 9. No one was injured in the four incidents.

The first mugging happened on April 6 around 10:45 p.m. in north Red Deer. Two men were walking on Niven Street near Nance Avenue when they were approached from behind by three men who came out of an alley. The culprits had what appeared to be weapons and robbed the men of an undisclosed amount of money.

DeHeer said this is the only incident where a third suspect was reported. Police do not have a clear description of the third suspect. Police believe the two suspects were involved in the four incidents.

Around 11:20 p.m. on the same night, a man was walking on 59th Avenue near 65th Street in Red Deer when he was approached from behind by two males. One suspect brandished a knife and robbed the victim of his shoes, hat and cellphone.

Five minutes later at 11:25 p.m., a man and woman were walking on 43rd Street near 55th Avenue when they were approached by two males.

One victim believed one of the suspects was carrying a knife. The culprits demanded cash from the victims but left when the victims did not have any.

On April 9 at about 7:30 p.m., two males were walking south on 55th Avenue near 33rd Street when they were approached from behind by two males. One of the males brandished a knife and demanded money and cellphones.

The first culprit is described as approximately 1.63 metres (six feet) tall, with a thin build, in his 20s, short brown hair, unshaven and possibly aboriginal. The second culprit is described as approximately 1.63 metres (six feet) tall, skinny, in his 20s and possibly aboriginal.

If you have information regarding the identity of the males responsible for these robberies, contact the Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.