Golden Services Report: Males arrested for attempted robbery

Golden-Field RCMP

On February 20, the Golden-Field RCMP were advised of another attempted robbery that was said to have taken place on February 11, outside a local restaurant, on the Trans-Canada Highway in Golden.

The victim reported that while he was taking out garbage he was approached by two males, one with a knife, and a demand for money was made.

The Golden-Field RCMP had already made arrests in a similar incident that is alleged to have occurred on the same night, and at this time believe that the two incidents are related.

Police have since arrested the two males for attempted robbery in relation to the second incident. They are scheduled to appear in court in Golden on March 12.

The previous incident occurred on February 11. Just before midnight, the Golden-Field RCMP received a report that two males had attempted to rob another male at knifepoint at a hotel room on the Trans-Canada Highway, in Golden.

RCMP immediately responded to the call, however the two suspects had already taken off on foot when we arrived, says Cst. Spencer Lainchbury with the Golden-Field RCMP. Extensive patrols were conducted and officers were able to locate two males, matching the description, walking downtown towards the alley behind 9th Avenue North.

The two males then disappeared from sight, but were located shortly after, on the roof of a 9th Ave. N. business.

The two males, a 17 year-old and 19 year-old from Golden, have been charged with attempted robbery. Both appeared before a justice or judge and were released on numerous conditions.

The Golden-Field RCMP would like to remind residents that 911 should only be used for emergencies after police received a 911 call from a male asking for a ride home on February 18.

Taxi services are clearly not something that RCMP would categorize as an emergency, says Lainchbury. This is one of many examples where 911 resources are tied up unnecessarily.

Since January 1, the Golden-Field RCMP have received 41 abandoned or false 911 calls, the majority of which were later confirmed to be non-emergencies and could have been reported to police through the non-emergency line.

Those who require non-emergency police assistance are asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221.

Golden-Field RCMP responded to 72 calls since February 19, including 16 traffic complaints, eight abandoned 911 calls, five collisions, and three abandoned vehicles.

To find out more information, and stay up to date with news releases, visit the Golden-Field RCMP website at www.rcmp-grc.ca/detach/en/d/188.

Golden and District Search and Rescue

Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR) have been busy travelling into backcountry areas to rescue lost and injured skiers and snowboarders, after they have left the in-bounds areas at Kicking Horse Mountain Ski Resort (KHMR).

Search and rescuers responded to a SPOT activation in Canyon Creek on Tuesday, February 19. GADSAR responded to the activation in Canyon Creek, outside the boundaries of KHMR, and has looked to address the large number of people who leave the ski area boundary and ski into Canyon Creek for the past two years.

Every year they respond to many calls of people who have gone missing in this area. This summer, GADSAR set up a SPOT transceiver in a stocked cache at the bottom of the creek, along with signs directing people toward help.

This individual saw these signs, found the SPOT beacon and activated it for help. GADSAR responded and assisted the individual to safety.

GADSAR is funded exclusively by donations and grants. The supplies for the cache, including the SPOT device and its subscription are made possible by donations.

On Saturday, February 23, GADSAR was tasked to respond to an avalanche outside the boundary of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in the T3 zone.

Two individuals were involved in the avalanche. One was swept over the rocks. Neither were equipped with avalanche gear.

GADSAR responded via helicopter. One volunteer was slung from the helicopter and lowered down to treat injuries on scene and package the injured party who was then heli-slung to an awaiting ambulance before they were transferred to hospital.

The same day, GADSAR responded to a call of an injured snowmobiler at Gorman Lake. The snowmobiler had suffered injuries from a fall. Search and rescue teams responded via helicopter, and the injured person was transferred to the hospital.

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