Wanted man arrested outside St. Albert Centre

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A man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant was arrested this week outside of the St. Albert Centre SportChek.

On Tuesday afternoon Nelson Saulteaux, 34, of the Paul Band First Nation was arrested without incident outside of the mall on St. Albert Trail.

Saulteaux was charged in relation to an armed robbery that happened in Calmar on Oct. 15 and an arrest warrant was issued. RCMP felt that Saulteaux may be armed and dangerous, and public assistance was requested in locating him.

The newly formed Integrated Crime Reduction Unit (ICRU) worked with the Leduc General Investigation Section and St. Albert RCMP members to make the arrest.

“Intelligence-sharing between various detachments is crucial in solving these multi-jurisdictional crimes,” said Cpl. Peter MacMillan of the ICRU in a release.  “We are seeing the positive results already in relation to the implementation of this Integrated Crime Reduction Unit. It’s our hope that solving these robberies and effecting this arrest may help to prevent future crimes.”

Saulteaux is also facing charges in connection with theft from a liquor store in Stony Plain on Oct.12 and an armed robbery on Oct. 14 at the By the Way Liquor Store in Millet.

Saulteaux has been charged with 17 criminal offences in connection with the armed robbery in Calmar, including robbery with a firearm, assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Three other men are still wanted in connection with the robbery.

According to witnesses, three men entered the gas station armed with a shotgun, handgun and baton. They fled after taking money and liquor, leaving in a dirty vehicle driven by a female suspect.

The first man was described as Indigenous with a thin build. He was wearing a dark jacket with white stripes, a grey hoodie and black shoes with a white stripe around the sole.

The second man was described as Indigenous with a medium build and over six feet tall. He was wearing shorts, a black hoodie, a black baseball hat and tan coloured footwear.

A third man was described as Indigenous and standing at five foot six with a heavy build and short dark hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black bandana across his face and a grey hoodie, dark jeans and black Nike shoes.

Saulteaux remains in police custody.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.