On August 20, 2020, at approximately 9:45 p.m, Lac La Biche RCMP were dispatched to a report of shots fired at a vehicle near Hylo, Alta. Three occupants in a Jeep Wrangler pulled up to a Silver Hyundai car to ask if they required assistance. A male got out of the silver Hyundai and shot several shots at the Jeep Wrangler striking the front and rear passenger fenders.
Later the same evening, at approximately 11:45 p.m, Lac La Biche RCMP received a report of an attempted robbery at the Corner Gas station in Lac La Biche, Alta. A male in a silver car, with a red bandana covering his face, entered to store to pay for fuel, and demanded money from the cash register. No one was injured during the incident and the suspects fled the area on foot.
Patrol units with the assistance of Cold Lake and St. Paul RCMP Police Dog Services and Lac La Biche County Peace Officers were able to contain the area and located four suspects. During the arrest, a revolver style BB gun as well as shotgun shells were recovered.
Keenan Cardinal (18) of Beaver Lake, Alta. is charged with the following offences:
- Attempted Robbery
- Disguise with intent to commit an offence
- Discharge firearm while being reckless
- Possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized
- Careless use of a firearm
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- Pointing a firearm
- Assault with a weapon
Cardinal was taken before a Justice of the Peace for a bail hearing and was remanded into custody to appear on August 31, 2020 in Lac La Biche Provincial court.
As the investigation is ongoing, investigators are asking anyone who may have knowledge of either event to contact the Lac La Biche RCMP at 780-404-2500 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.