Suspect in violent incident gets bail

A suspect detained after a violent robbery was granted bail in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

A suspect detained after a violent robbery was granted bail in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

Karla Lynn Pittman, 29, was arrested and charged after someone stole a shopping cart full of groceries from Parkland Mall Safeway in Red Deer on March 9.

Police allege that the suspect assaulted one of the loss prevention officers and a passerby who had stopped to help.

Witnesses alleged that the suspect pulled out a syringe and claimed she had HIV.

Pittman was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of controlled drug.

Judge Gordon Yake granted her release, including $2,000 cash bail and a number of conditions.

She is banned from entering all Safeway stores and is not allowed to have drugs, alcohol or weapons.

Pittman is due back in court on April 8 to enter her plea, represented by defence counsel Kevin Schollie.

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