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Four arrested in connection to Iron River shooting

Story by Chris Hunter, www.mylakelandnow.com

Four people have been charged in last week’s shooting in Iron River as well as robberies near Boyle and on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation.

While investigating the Iron River shooting on September 26th, Bonnyville RCMP learned of the two robberies. The Caslan General Store was robbed on September 13th.  The suspects demanded cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the clerk.  During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot into a display case. No one was injured during this incident.

A week later on the 20th, a business on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation was robbed as well. A man walked into the business with what a witness believed to be a firearm, wearing a mask, and gloves. The man left the business with an undisclosed amount of money and entered into a vehicle outside.

a huge investigation conducted between the Bonnyville, Boyle, Lac La Biche,  and St. Paul RCMP detachments and the Forensic Identification Section was conducted eventually leading to the arrests. A firearm and ammunition were seized during the investigations.

Keith Patrick Cardinal, a 30-year-old from Lac La Biche is charged with 32 Criminal Code offences as it is alleged he was involved in all three incidents. Charges include:

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·         Robbery with a firearm (X2)

·         Pointing a firearm

·         Extortion with a firearm

·         Aggravated assault

·         Disguise with intent to commit an offence

·         Assault with a weapon

·         Theft under $5000.00

He was remanded into custody and is set to appear via CCTV in:

Boyle Provincial Court on October 11, 2016
Lac La Biche Provincial Court on October 17, 2016
Bonnyville Provincial Court on October 18, 2016

Ryan Lee Desjarlais, a 34-year-old from Lac La Biche who is alleged to be involved with the Bonnyville shooting incident is charged with:

·         Aggravated Assault

·         Extortion with a firearm

·         Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose

·         Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon

·         Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle

He was remanded into custody and is set to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court via CCTV on October 18, 2016.

Fiona Lynn Anderson, a 43-year-old from Lac La Biche who is alleged to be involved with the Bonnyville shooting incident is charged with:

·         Aggravated assault

·         Extortion with a firearm

·         Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

·         Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon

·         Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle

·         Fail to comply with court imposed conditions (X2)

She was remanded into custody and her next court appearance will be October 18, 2016 via CCTV in Bonnyville Provincial Court.

Curtis Zwozdesky, a 53-year-old from St. Paul is alleged to be involved in the Boyle and Lac La Biche armed robberies is charged with:

·         Robbery with a firearm

·         Assault with a weapon

·         Possession of a firearm knowing it’s unauthorized

·         Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle

He was remanded into custody and is set to appear in:

Boyle Provincial Court via CCTV on October 11, 2016
Lac La Biche Provincial Court via CCTV on October 17, 2016

With the case now before the courts, RCMP will not be releasing any further details.

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