Gage Rader, 19, turned himself into police over the weekend, after an EPS News Release containing surveillance images and video of Rader reportedly committing an armed robbery at a convenience store on Sept. 11th were distributed to media.
Rader is facing two counts each of robbery, possession of a dangerous weapon, carry a concealed weapon and a breach of release condition (x1) in connection to charges for another alleged commercial robbery in Boyle, AB in May.
On Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a male suspect reportedly entered a convenience store in the area of 118 Avenue and 34 Street, brandished a knife at an employee and took cash from the register.
On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, at approximately 9:50 p.m. the same male suspect reportedly entered a convenience store in the area of 118 Avenue and 103 Street, again brandished a knife at an employee and took cash from the register.
In both incidents, the suspect was aggressive with employees and investigators are concerned this behavior could escalate to a more violent event. As such, police are reaching out to the public to assist with the identification of the suspect.