Wood Buffalo RCMP pursuit ends after two arrests – Update 1

Posted on Jul 4, 2018

July 3, 2018

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On June 29th, 2018 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a report of a fight in process at a residence in the Timberlea area. Shortly thereafter, another call to police reported two adult males were observed putting another adult male into the trunk of a vehicle. Two adult male suspects were arrested that evening in relation to the incident and face several charges. The adult male victim was not located in the vehicle, however, was quickly located in Fort McMurray by police and taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police do not believe this was a random act.

The initial driver, Norman Rudy Andrews, a 46 years old man of Baie Verte, Newfoundland, has been charged with eight offences which include: kidnapping, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, robbery, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm, breaking and entering, and uttering threats.

The second driver, Aaron Donald MacPhail, a 38 years old man of New Waterford, Nova Scotia, has been charged with 12 offences which include: kidnapping, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, robbery, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm, breaking and entering, uttering threats, failing to stop or remain at a collision, operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, failure to comply with conditions, and theft under $5000.00.

The two accused were remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will appear in Fort McMurray Provincial Court on July 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP thank the public for their patience during traffic disruptions around the Timberlea and Thickwood areas during this incident.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further updates will be provided.


June 29, 2018

Wood Buffalo RCMP pursuit ends after two arrests

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On June 29th, 2018 at approximately 7:00 p.m. the Wood Buffalo RCMP received a call for help from a concerned citizen in the Timberlea area of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Two male suspects fled in a white four door sedan and were driving erratically through the residential area. The Wood Buffalo RCMP were quick to respond, located the suspect vehicle, and initiated a traffic stop. The adult male driver was arrested and faces several charges.

While police were placing the driver in custody, the adult male passenger moved to the driver position in the vehicle and fled the scene. Another police officer located the suspect vehicle travelling on Confederation Way, and attempted to initiate another traffic stop. The vehicle fled from police. Out of concern for the safety of others, the RCMP initiated a pursuit with the suspect vehicle. Police deployed a tire deflation device which ended after a short pursuit in the Thickwood area.  The adult male driver was arrested and faces several charges.

The two adult male suspects are without injury and are being held in police custody. One civilian vehicle, and two police vehicles sustained minor damages during these incidents. No injuries occurred to anyone in relation to the vehicle pursuit.

An update will be provided when further information is available.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405