On May 9thth 2024, Red Deer RCMP responded to a 911 call reporting a robbery with a knife.

At approximately 11:25 a.m., Red Deer RCMP received the 911 call which stated a man had a knife and had threatened another person in the area of Riverside Drive.

RCMP responded immediately, however the suspect had fled the scene and ran into a wooden area. Police Officers from General Duty, Traffic Section,  Downtown Patrol Unit (DPU), and Police Dog Services (PDS)  searched the area for the suspect. Red Deer RCMP were also able to use a drone, to assist in locating the suspect.

Austin Dampier, an 18-year-old resident of Red Deer, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Assault while choking
  • Uttering threats

Following a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Dampier was released by a Justice for the court on a Release Order. He is scheduled to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer on June 3rd, 2024.