Crescent Valley break-in suspect arrested again in Alberta

  • Feb. 3, 2011 12:00 p.m.

The younger half of a mother-son duo charged with break-and-enter in Crescent Valley in late December has been arrested again, this time in Alberta on much more serious charges.

Collin Ray McDonald, 20, was one of three people arrested in connection with a home invasion in Ashmont, Alta., in which the victims were tied up and held at gunpoint, allegedly by two men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

McDonald faces a litany of charges relating to the Jan. 26 incident, including robbery using a firearm, forcible confinement, disguise with intent and assault with a weapon, according to the RCMP.

The two victims, who own a convenience store attached to their home in Ashmont, were traumatized by the experience but not physically injured, according to police.

McDonald was arrested after police executed a search warrant at a motel room in nearby St. Paul, Alta., where they found a large amount of cigarettes and cash reported stolen by the victims.

Also arrested were Charlotte Bidlock and Joseph Gerald Roy.

McDonald was initially arrested on Dec. 29, 2010, along with his 38-year-old mother, after a work shed was broken into on Cote Road in Crescent Valley.

Despite the objections of Crown counsel, McDonald was released on $100 bail the following day, said Sgt. Darryl Little of the Nelson rural RCMP.