Massive police search near Bowden ends in robbery suspect's arrest
Dangerous driving call on QEII Highway puts RCMP on trail of man wanted for several violent offences
Nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies were involved in a search north of Calgary Thursday night for a man police believed was armed and dangerous.
At about 6 p.m. Innisfail RCMP were alerted to a vehicle being driven erratically on southbound Queen Elizabeth II Highway.
Police determined the vehicle was stolen and had been involved in a hit-and-run incident earlier in the day in Penhold, south of Red Deer.
The vehicle was found abandoned just north of Bowden.
RCMP identified the suspect as a 20-year-old man from Innisfail, believed to be armed, who was wanted for numerous offences including a violent attempted robbery at a campground earlier this month.
With assistance from the Calgary Emergency Response Team, an RCMP helicopter and a K-9 unit, RCMP from several detachments secured a perimeter around a rural property where they believed the suspect was hiding.
Residents of Bowden were asked to stay indoors during the police operation.
The man was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. on Friday and taken to the Innisfail RCMP detachment.