On May 24, 2020 at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Cold Lake RCMP officer was conducting patrols and noticed a distraught individual in a convenience store parking lot on 55 Street.
Further investigation revealed two adults entered the convenience store and then exited to find their idling truck stolen. Two older children were in the truck at the time of the theft.
Police immediately set up containment in the area and were searching for the truck when the children walked back to the store unharmed. It is alleged the suspect stole the truck and then dropped off the children a short distance away.
Cold Lake RCMP located the truck abandoned near the store. With assistance from RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS), the suspect was located and taken into custody without incident.
Owen Stanley (37) of Frog Lake, Alta., was charged with:
- Abduction (x2)
- Common nuisance – endanger life
- Flight from peace officer
- Resist/Obstruct peace officer
- Possession of property obtained by crime
- Fail to comply with probation order
He was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and is set to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on May 27, 2020.