Resident sees man load gun outside Cold Lake bank, calls police and swift arrest made

COLD LAKE – On Feb. 6 at about 10:20 a.m., Cold Lake RCMP responded to a report of a man loading a gun outside a bank in Cold Lake.

A witness called police after seeing the suspect in a truck that was parked outside of the bank. Police responded and located the truck that was driving away from the bank. No armed robbery was committed.

“The prompt response to the initial 911 call and the thorough investigation completed has levied multiple charges against the accused,” said Cpl. Marie-Eve Mackenzie-Plante “Our general duty members along with Police Dog Services and General Investigative Section will continue to keep our community safe when faced with these types of situations.”

A traffic stop was attempted before the truck fled onto Hwy 28. As police pursued the truck it lost control and a collision occurred with a police vehicle. Both vehicles came to a stop. The suspect vehicle then attempted to flee again while in a ditch before it was disabled by another police vehicle.  

Three suspects were taken into custody without incident. A loaded firearm, ammunition, knife and drugs were seized.

Dylan Cowston (21) of Cherry Grove, Alta., was charged with 25 offences, some of which include:

·         Robbery with a firearm

·         Careless use of a firearm (x2)

·         Carrying a concealed weapon (x2)

·         Possession for the purpose of trafficking

·         Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose (x2)

Omar Csurdi (22) of Cold Lake, Alta., was charged with 27 offences, some of which include:

·         Robbery with a firearm

·         Careless use of a firearm (x2)

·         Carrying a concealed weapon (x2)

·         Possession for the purpose of trafficking

·         Breach of a court order (x3)

James Lees (22) of Cold Lake, Alta., was charged with 30 offences, some of which include:

·         Robbery with a firearm

·         Careless use of a firearm (x2)

·         Carrying a concealed weapon (x2)

·         Possession for the purpose of trafficking

·         Flight from police

James Lees and Omar Csurdi were remanded into custody after a judicial hearing. Dylan Cowston was released with conditions.

The three accused will be appearing in Cold Lake provincial court on Feb. 12, 2020.

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