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Police charge three people in violent break and enter

For Immediate Release:03-Mar-2016 @ 9:23 AM
MRU #:16R020-1

The Edmonton Police Service Northeast Division have laid charges against three people in relation to a break and enter earlier this week, which left one man in hospital with serious injuries.

On Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at approximately 2 p.m., police responded to the area of 133 Avenue and 25 Street in relation to a call of a break and enter and assault with a weapon. It was reported that a male had been shot inside a residence and a silver Pontiac Sunfire was observed leaving the scene.

As a result of a city-wide broadcast, the suspicious vehicle was located at a residence in the area of 85 Street and 136 Avenue. Around 3:30 p.m., a female suspect was observed leaving the residence in a taxi.  Police conducted a traffic stop nearby, where the female was subsequently arrested.

Following this arrest, police identified two other male suspects also believed to be involved in the incident.

The complainant, a 31-year-old-male, remains in hospital in serious, but stable condition.

Three individuals have been charged:

Keith McDermott, 34, is charged with housebreaking to commit aggravated assault, robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent to commit an indictable offense (x2), pointing a firearm (x2), unlawful confinement, uttering threats to cause death, assault with a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, discharging firearm with intent to endanger, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and a breach of conditions (x3).

Alison Burns, 19, is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x4), unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a prohibited firearm, possession of prohibited firearms with ammunition readily accessible, possession of break-in instruments and possession of body armour without a permit.

Steve Paxton, 46, is charged with housebreaking to commit aggravated assault, robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent to commit an indictable offense (x2), pointing a firearm (x2), unlawful confinement, uttering threats to cause death and assault with a weapon.

Investigators believe this incident was targeted and continue to investigate.

Police encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

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Please contact Cheryl Sheppard at (780) 421-2671 for more information.

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