Police arrest violent robbery suspect

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A police traffic stop on Monday led to the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting that took place on Feb. 1.

Police have arrested Brett Alexander Coombes, 23, in connection with a shooting that took place on Feb. 1 in the 1000 block of First Street East.

Prince Albert police arrested Brett Alexander Coombes, 23, while conducting a traffic stop at 9:22 p.m. in the 500 block of 15th Avenue East.

Officers at the time were checking vehicles in the area for valid licences and registration as well as levels of driver impairment.

“In regards to the vehicle stop, police had information that Coombes could be associated to the vehicle that was pulled over last night,” Sgt. Brandon Mudry said on Tuesday.

“Officers initiated the vehicle stop and he was arrested from the back seat of the vehicle.”

Police in February requested public assistance in locating Coombes for questioning related to a violent robbery with a firearm that occurred in the 1000 block of First Street East.

The victim of the robbery received a non-fatal gunshot wound in the process, and a police investigation later determined that the victim and accused robber knew each other.

In the end, public help did not play a role in the apprehension of Coombes.

Officers initiated the vehicle stop and he was arrested from the back seat of the vehicle. Sgt. Brandon Mudry

Prior to his arrest, police had reason to believe their primary suspect was still in Prince Albert.

“There was information to lead us to believe he was possibly in the city, but nothing concrete,” Mudry said. “He is from Edmonton originally.”

Among the information police possessed was a description of the vehicle that Coombes was eventually found in.

Further details surrounding the case are expected to come out in court proceedings.

Coombes is currently facing charges of robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm with intent, possession of a prohibited firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of the proceeds of crime, breach of undertaking, breach of a recognizance and obstructing a peace officer.

He is set to appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Geographic location: 15th Avenue East, First Street East, Edmonton Prince Albert Provincial Court

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