Drumheller RCMP – Charges laid in kidnapping investigation

Drumheller RCMP received a complaint on Oct. 18, 2016 from an elderly local resident that in early July 2016, a male forced his way into her home demanding money.

The victim was forced to attend a local bank and withdraw a small amount of cash, then drive the male to a neighbouring community before being released.

The male was known to the victim as he had previously done yard work on the victim’s property.

The ongoing investigation and consultation with the Crown Prosecutor’s Office has resulted in Darren Guntel, age 48, being charged with kidnapping, extortion, robbery, and breaking and entering.

There are currently warrants in place for the arrest of Guntel for these crimes.

The Drumheller RCMP are currently seeking public assistance in locating Darren Guntel, as well as determining if other crimes of this nature have taken place.

Anyone that has been a victim of this type of crime is encouraged to contact the Drumheller RCMP or their local police. 

Search Warrant

A aearch warrant was executed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in an apartment suite in Stettler, Ab.  on Dec. 21.

A number of items were located and seized including Crystal  Methamphetamine, Cannabis Marijuana and a  firearm.  Merle Mahoney (age 41) of Stettler was arrested and charged possession of drugs, trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime under $5000, unsafe storage and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Mahoney was remanded into custody and scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 23.

Theft of Fuel

A suspect vehicle gained entry into the locked compound of Carillion located on Highway 12 in Castor, Ab. on the evening of Dec. 19. The two suspects proceeded to siphon an unknown quantity of diesel fuel from a piece of equipment in the yard.

Coronation RCMP have reason to believe that there were two suspects and the vehicle was a dually truck (dual tires on the rear axle).

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