On February 19, 2016, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cold Lake RCMP were dispatched to a report of an attempted vehicle theft in the area of Tri City Mall in the City of Cold Lake.
Cold Lake RCMP quickly located the suspects who had fled the scene in a car that was determined stolen from Edmonton. The driver of the stolen car rammed the RCMP vehicle in an attempt to evade apprehension. The stolen vehicle then ran over a tree and rammed into another parked car. Two adult males fled the scene on foot, with a 3rd adult male being arrested at the scene.
Soloman Lawrence Nest, 32 years old of Edmonton, faces a charge of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and was subsequently released on a Recognizance with conditions to attend Cold Lake Provincial Court on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 10:00 hours.
A few hours later into the evening, Cold Lake RCMP were called to assist a Cold Lake City Peace Officer after his Peace Officer truck was stolen by the same two males who fled from police earlier in the evening. RCMP located the stolen Peace Officer truck and a short pursuit ensued, with the occupants taking the ditch and fleeing on foot. St. Paul Police Dog Services was called to assist and both adult males were located hiding in the nearby vicinity.
Travis David Graham McKeen, 23 years old of Sherwood Park, faces a total of 22 charges under the Criminal Code and 2 charges under the Traffic Safety Act. Among the charges laid are: Flight from Police, Dangerous Driving, Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident, Assaulting a Police Officer with a Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Driving While Disqualified, Failing to Comply with a Recognizance, Break & Enter to a Dwelling House, Theft of Truck Over $5000, as well as additional charges.
Christopher Castor, 29 years old of Edmonton, faces a total of 7 charges under the Criminal Code. Charges laid are: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, Theft of Truck Over $5000, Fail To Remain at the Scene of an Accident, Failing to Comply With a Probation Order, Failing to Comply With a Recognizance x 2, and Resisting Arrest.
Both Christopher Castor and Travis McKeen were transported to hospital after receiving injuries from the Police Service Dog. Christopher Castor and Travis McKeen have been remanded into custody and will next appear at Cold Lake Provincial Court on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Travis KcKeen is also set to appear on 8 unrelated and additional charges at Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 09:30 a.m.
*Press Release from the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment