A 35-year-old resident of Frog Lake was arrested last month, on December 15, 2022, after a continued police investigation into a break-and-enter that occurred in 2021 in Frog Lake.
According to police, Bonnyville RCMP, with the assistance of Airdrie RCMP, arrested Peter Edward Trottier, in relation to the break-and-enter. Trottier has been charged with 27 offences including 17 weapons offences, kidnapping with a firearm, four counts of assault with a weapon, driving offences, breaking and entering, and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime. He will appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on January 3, 2023.
One month before Trottier was arrested, on November 2, 2022, the other suspect, 25-year-old Hellen Rochelle Smith a resident of Cold Lake was arrested by Bonnyville RCMP. She was charged with 21 offences and remanded in custody and appeared in court in November 2022.
On December 13, 2021, at approximately 11:51 a.m., Bonnyville RCMP responded to a break-and-enter in progress where a homeowner interrupted suspects who pointed a gun at him.
"The suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle that was later located by police. Police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle; however, it failed to stop police," a previous press release stated.
A tire deflation device was successfully deployed near Frog Lake Cree Nation which resulted in the suspects abandoning the vehicle, and a car, and fleeing into a nearby field. Efforts to contain the suspects and locate them were undertaken with additional resources being deployed.
RCMP resources from Bonnyville, Kitscoty, Elk Point and Cold Lake Detachments; St. Paul RCMP Traffic Services, the Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team, Alberta RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle reconnaissance), St. Paul and Cold Lake RCMP Police Dog Services, Alberta RCMP Graphic Services and Saskatchewan RCMP officers from Onion Lake, Sask. responded to this incident.
The heavy police presence at the time was later scaled down with the departure of the RCMP Emergency Response Team. During the investigation, a firearm was recovered as well as other evidence.
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