Police seek help in locating violent robbery suspect

Matt Gardner
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The Prince Albert Police Service is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the location of a violent robbery suspect.

Police are seeking the help of the public in locating 22-year-old Brett Alexander Coombes (pictured), who is sought for questioning in relation to a violent robbery involving a firearm that occurred on Saturday morning.

Brett Alexander Coombes, 22, is sought for questioning in relation to a violent robbery involving a firearm that took place on Saturday at approximately 8:30 a.m. in a residential area located in the 1000 block of First Street East.

The victim of the accused robbery was shot in the process and received a non-fatal wound. A subsequent police investigation revealed that the accused and victim knew each other.

As previously reported in the Daily Herald, police performed a high-risk execution warrant in the 1900 block of Central Avenue on Sunday evening.

“Police executed a search warrant … in the unit block actually of 20th Street East in an attempt to locate Mr. Coombes, but he was not located at that address,” Sgt. Curtis Halcro said at a Monday press conference.

“That’s based on information that police received that Mr. Coombes was allegedly residing there,” he added.

Three people who were inside the residence at the time were taken into police custody, but were later released after questioning.

Mr. Coombes left the scene after the incident occurred. Sgt. Curtis Halcro

Police proved unable to locate the prime suspect in the robbery.

“Mr. Coombes left the scene after the incident occurred,” Halcro noted.

No details were released on the items targeted in the robbery or the nature of the victim’s injuries following the shooting -- though Halcro noted that “further details may come as the investigation continues.”

The sergeant said that Coombes is not a Prince Albert resident.

“I believe he has ties to Edmonton, Alta.,” Halcro said. “That’s what we believe at this time.”

Warrants have been issued for Coombes for several criminal offences, including robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm with intent to wound, possession of a loaded restricted firearm and breach of a recognizance.

Police warn members of the public not to approach the subject. Anyone who encounters Coombes or possesses information on his location should contact Prince Albert police at (306) 953-4222.

Organizations: Daily Herald, Prince Albert

Geographic location: First Street East, Central Avenue, Edmonton

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