Police charge male in connection with a series of violent crimes

Lethbridge Police have charged a 40-year-old man in connection with a series of incidents over the past few days including an assault, kidnapping, attempted carjacking and a robbery.

On Oct. 20, 2019 at approximately 11:39 p.m. police responded to a report of an assault at a home along the 2100 block of 5 Avenue North. A 41-year-old man reported he and a male acquaintance had become involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in the male attacking him with a machete. The victim was not injured and the subject left the home prior to police arrival.

At approximately 11:50 p.m. on  Oct. 20, 2019 a 55-year-old man in vehicle parked in the McDonalds parking lot along the 400 block of Mayor Magrath Drive North was carjacked and kidnapped by a male with a machete. The victim was forced to drive to several locations in the city, including an ATM, then out to the Blood Reserve, where he was let out of the vehicle and left on the side of the road. After flagging down a passerby who stopped to assist, the suspect returned to the area in the stolen vehicle and began to pursue the Good Samaritan vehicle. Police were called and multiple agencies responded and attempted to intercept the suspect but he was able to avoid apprehension. The stolen vehicle was ultimately abandoned in Fort Macleod and recovered by police. Fort Macleod RCMP later reported a break, enter and theft of a van near the location where the original vehicle was abandoned. LPS located the stolen van in Lethbridge the following day.

On October 22, 2019 just after 6 p.m. police responded to a report of a disturbance along the 2900 block of 2 Avenue South. A man and woman were observed yelling at a male subject on the street, who was wielding multiple weapons. While police were enroute additional calls came in reporting a carjacking in progress along the 200 block of 27 Street South by a male matching the description of the subject involved in the disturbance. In that case, a 61-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle when a male got into the passenger seat, brandished a small sword, threatened the man and told him to drive. The victim was able to disarm the subject and a bystander approached the vehicle window and began yelling. The subject pulled out a second weapon, jumped out of the vehicle and initially fled on foot. The bystander gave chase but the subject was able to find a bicycle and ultimately fled across the highway. Numerous police units attended the area and attempted to locate the suspect but were unsuccessful. The victim of the attempted carjacking was not injured.

On Oct. 23, 2019 just before 7:30 a.m. police responded to a report of a female screaming outside a residence along the 2300 block of 5 Avenue North. Upon arrival the woman told police she had walked a family member to the bus stop and while walking back a male grabbed her, threw her to the ground and demanded she turn over her cell phone. Following an additional scuffle with the woman the male fled the area. The victim sustained minor injuries.

The description of the subject was the same in all incidents and during the course of the investigation he was identified by police. Later on the morning of Oct. 23 he was located at a northside home and arrested without further incident. A search warrant was subsequently obtained and executed and police recovered evidence of the offences, including the keys to the van that was stolen in Fort Macleod.

Cory Ray Williams, 40, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Kidnapping

Assault with a weapon x2
Flight from police
Dangerous driving
Uttering threats
Robbery
Attempted kidnapping
Break and enter and commit theft of motor vehicle
Attempted robbery

Williams is remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 31.

MEDIA AVIALABILITY: Insp. Jason Walper will be available for media interviews today at 1:30 at the police station. This will be the only interview opportunity.