Lethbridge man charged in connection with unlawful confinement, threats incident

Lethbridge Police have charged a 30-year-old man following an incident where a clerk was threatened and unlawfully confined at a west side convenience store.

On Nov. 12, 2018 at approximately 4:30 a.m. police responded to a 911 call from a female employee at 7-11 along the 600 block of Columbia Boulevard after a male entered the store, began screaming at her, throwing things around and chased her to a back room where she was confined for a period of time. Upon police arrival the male was located on scene. He was highly agitated and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance(s). After a brief standoff with police where the subject refused to obey verbal commands, he was safely taken into custody but continued to have outbursts where he would become enraged and scream. The clerk was not physically injured, but extremely shaken as a result of the incident. At the police station, the subject struggled with police and assaulted officers by kicking them.

Jason Samuel McCrae, 30, is charged with uttering threats, unlawful confinement, mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000, causing a disturbance, assaulting a police officer and breach of an undertaking.

Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing, a Justice of the Peace released McCrae on a recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 30 to answer to the charges.