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Three co-accused in Coleman home invasion released from custody

Three of four men facing charges in an alleged home invasion in Crowsnest Pass in mid September were granted bail last Thursday after a hearing in Pincher Creek.

Garret Ouellette and brothers Tyler Trodden and Robert Dwyer have each been released on $2,500 promise-to-pay sureties.

Aaron Thompson, the fourth man charged in the incident, was released from custody Sept. 26.

The men are accused of breaking into a home in Coleman on Sept. 16 and assaulting three individuals. Charges include aggravated assault, threats of causing death or bodily harm and pointing a firearm. A robbery charge was added after the reported thefts of several electronic items from the home.

In making their submissions, lawyers for each of the three argued that their clients had strong connections to Pincher Creek and equally strong family support, and were not likely to flee. The presiding judge agreed. 

“Nobody’s absconding. That’s not happening in this incident,” said Justice J.N. LeGrandeur in his closing remarks. “I don’t believe they [the accused] are likely to harm someone, based on the scrutiny they’ll be under.” 

 

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LeGrandeur stated he wasn’t passing judgment, but felt the three men in custody could have potentially been buoyed by the actions of the others and would never have done it, individually, on their own. 

Admitting there is always some risk in releasing someone from custody, he said there was no indication of any substantial risk to the complainants or witnesses in this case.

None have been found guilty of the charges brought forward. 

Ouellette, Trodden and Dwyer have been released with a number of strict conditions.

There is to be no contact between the four men. An exception is in place for Trodden and Dwyer for functions like family dinners. The brothers, however, are not allowed to talk about the case at any time while together.

Trodden, whose home and family are in Champion, must stay in Pincher Creek during the week but is allowed to travel back for prescribed hours on the weekend. His family, however, is able to visit him in Pincher Creek at any time.

The four are also not allowed to have any contact with anyone in the case, including witnesses, at their home or workplace.

Other than for work, they’re to stay out of Coleman entirely. They can’t be in possession of a firearm, other form of ammunition, explosive device or knife, other than for work or cooking.

LeGrandeur also imposed an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew unless required for work. 

The men must completely refrain from consumption of alcohol or drugs, except for medicinal purposes.

The case is set to return to the court of justice in Pincher Creek on Dec. 7.

 

 

Rebels Motorcycle Club members charged in Coleman home invasion

RCMP has confirmed that three local men, all active members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, are charged with multiple offences following a Crowsnest Pass home invasion.

Five individuals entered a Coleman home Sept. 16, allegedly wielding firearms and other weapons. Two residents, a male and a female, were assaulted. A second male resident, who arrived home during the incident, was also attacked. 

Crowsnest Pass RCMP was notified when the conflict moved from the home to the street.

 

Garett Adam Ouellette
Garett Ouellette – Facebook photo

The first suspect apprehended was Garett Adam Ouellette, 41, of Pincher Creek. He was arrested Thursday, Sept. 21 in Pincher Creek and is charged with:

  • Aggravated assault (x2)
  • Break, enter and commit
  • Robbery
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Carrying a concealed weapon

Ouellette was remanded in custody and will appear in the Alberta Court of Justice in Pincher Creek on Thursday, Sept. 28.

 

Tyler Thomas Trodden, white male with short dark hair, mustache, beard and sideburns with some grey and receding hairline. Arrested in relation to Crowsnest Pass home invasion.
Tyler Trodden — Alberta RCMP photo

 

A shelter-in-place advisory was issued for residents of Champion on Sunday, Sept. 24, as Tyler Thomas Trodden was arrested in the community by Vulcan RCMP.

The 39-year-old Champion resident is charged with:

  • Aggravated assault (x2)
  • Break, enter and commit
  • Robbery
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Uttering threats
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order
  • Assault

 

 

A warrant to search Trodden’s residence led to 50 additional charges and the seizure of:

  • Two shotguns
  • Four handguns
  • One replica handgun
  • Two hatchets
  • One long sword
  • One machete
  • One functioning Conducted Energy Weapon
  • A quantity of methamphetamine

Trodden was remanded in custody and will appear in the Alberta Court of Justice in Pincher Creek on Thursday, Sept. 28.

 

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Aaron Thompson — Alberta RCMP photo

 

Aaron John Thompson was apprehended Monday, Sept. 25, and faces the following charges:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Break, enter and commit
  • Robbery
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Uttering threats
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order
  • Assault with a weapon

The 40-year-old Pincher Creek resident was held for a Judicial Interim Release Hearing and released on bail. His court date is Nov. 2 in Pincher Creek.

 

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Additional charges are pending in this investigation after Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass RCMP seized a firearm, prohibited weapons, knives and ammunition while conducting two additional search warrants in Pincher Creek.

Robert Russell Dwyer has eluded RCMP thus far. The 37-year-old Pincher Creek man faces similar charges related to the home invasion. He is described as a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He stands six feet tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

Dwyer is thought to be in the Pincher Creek area. Anyone seeing Dwyer or knowing of his whereabouts is urged to contact police. He should not be approached.

A fifth suspect in the assault remains unidentified and the investigation continues.

Please contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2867 or your local police if you have any information about Dwyer or the unknown assailant.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com, or the P3 app available through the Apple App or Google Play stores.

 

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