Four People Charged in Relation to Iron River Shooting

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Bonnyville RCMP investigate shooting – Update 1

Bonnyville RCMP along with Edmonton General Investigation Section (GIS) have charged three suspects in relation to a shooting incident in Iron River.

On Sept. 26, 2016 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Bonnyville RCMP responded to a report of a man who was shot in Iron River. Members arrived and found the victim was shot once with what was believed to be a firearm. While investigating the shooting incident RCMP received information regarding two armed robberies that occurred in Boyle and Lac La Biche in September.

On September 13, 2016 at approximately 6:00 p.m., two suspects entered the Caslan General Store east of Boyle and committed an armed robbery. The suspects demanded cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the clerk.  During the course of the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot into a display case. No one was injured during this incident.

On September 20, 2016, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Lac La Biche RCMP received a call of an armed robbery at a business on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. A man walked into the business with what a witness believed to be a firearm, wearing a mask, and gloves. The man left the business with an undisclosed amount of money and entered into a vehicle outside. No one was seriously injured.

Members along with Boyle, Lac La Biche, St. Paul RCMP detachments and the Forensic Identification Section (FIS) worked together during an extensive investigation and arrest of several suspects related to these incidents. A firearm and ammunition were seized during the course of the investigations.

Keith Patrick Cardinal, a 30-year-old from Lac La Biche is charged with 32 Criminal Code offences as it is alleged he was involved in all three incidents. Charges include:

  • Robbery with a firearm (X2)
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Extortion with a firearm
  • Aggravated assault
  • Disguise with intent to commit an offence
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Theft under $5000.00

He was remanded into custody and is set to appear via CCTV in:

Boyle Provincial Court on October 11, 2016
Lac La Biche Provincial Court on October 17, 2016
Bonnyville Provincial Court on October 18, 2016

Ryan Lee Desjarlais, a 34-year-old from Lac La Biche who is alleged to be involved with the Bonnyville shooting incident is charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Extortion with a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle

He was remanded into custody and is set to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court via CCTV on October 18, 2016.

Fiona Lynn Anderson, a 43-year-old from Lac La Biche who is alleged to be involved with the Bonnyville shooting incident is charged with:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Extortion with a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
  • Fail to comply with court imposed conditions (X2)

She was remanded into custody and her next court appearance will be October 18, 2016 via CCTV in Bonnyville Provincial Court.

Curtis Zwozdesky, a 53-year-old from St. Paul is alleged to be involved in the Boyle and Lac La Biche armed robberies is charged with:

  • Robbery with a firearm
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Possession of a firearm knowing it’s unauthorized
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle

He was remanded into custody and is set to appear in:

Boyle Provincial Court via CCTV on October 11, 2016
Lac La Biche Provincial Court via CCTV on October 17, 2016

As this matter is before the courts, no further details will be provided at this time.

Anyone with further information about these incidents are asked to call:

Bonnyville RCMP – 780-343-7200
Boyle RCMP – 780-689-4081
Lac La Biche RCMP – 780-623-4380

 

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