An attempt to misdirect the RCMP appears to have failed an Airdrie man believed responsible for five armed robberies and a hit and run.

Christopher Ferguson, 27, of Airdrie, AB, faces a total of 20 charges, including those stemming from two Cochrane armed robberies, and others may follow as the RCMP investigation continues to unfold. 

After colliding with a motorcycle on Hwy. 1 and Range Rd. 274, just east of Chestermere, Ferguson was discovered hiding in a field by the RCMP police dog services on May 14. It is believed he was attempting to cover his tracks when he phoned the Airdrie RCMP minutes after the collision, claiming his SUV had been stolen in Airdrie. That hit and run seriously injured the motorcyclist and he was transported to the hospital. An hour earlier the same evening a Carstairs liquor store was robbed at knifepoint.

"We believe that he made that phone call in an attempt to avoid apprehension for the hit and run and for the robberies," says Cpl. Curtis Peters of RCMP media relations. 

The RCMP believe Ferguson is also responsible for a series of  knifepoint robbery including those of two Cochrane liquor stores on May 10. In one of the cases, the store clerk did not comply with the demand and a brief altercation occurred with the clerk receiving some scratches.

Ferguson is the suspect in a May 8 liquor store robbery in Olds and a May 11 robbery in Airdrie.

RCMP from Cochrane, Airdrie, Didsbury and Olds worked together on investigating the robberies and believe the same person is responsible for all five robberies.

Inside the SUV, officers located evidence tying Ferguson to the recent robbery in Carstairs. A search of his home uncovered further evidence connecting him to the other robberies.

Charges include robbery with an offensive weapon, assault with a weapon, failing to comply with probation conditions. impaired operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, failing to remain at the scene of a collision, uttering threats and public mischief.

While additional charges may stem from these particular robberies the RCMP will also be checking to see if he is connected with any other unsolved crimes in the area.

"It is not out of the realm to think that there could be others elsewhere, so we're going to examine similar cases around the area and work with our partners in other jurisdictions and city police to make sure we have a full acount of his activities."

Ferguson made his first court appearance in Calgary on May 17 and remains in custody.

 

READ MORE:

UPDATE: Cochrane Sees Two Armed Robberies Overnight

 

More Local News

Town's New Approach to "Let's Talk" Expands Upon Public Engagement

The town has expanded upon how it undertakes public engagement through the reinvention and expansion of "Let's Talk" that now is on a dedicated website. The first two public engagement events have…

Get Physically Active This Family Day

If you are looking for something to do this chilly and snowy Family Day (February 19), head down to Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) and get physical on your own or with your kids.…

Friendly Rivalry Continues As Cochrane Fire and RCMP Face Off

Tomorrow, on Family Day Monday (February 19) at 2 p.m, Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Polley will drop the puck in a little friendly rivalry at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Cochrane's two…

Good Showing at Transportation Public Consultation

Cochrane had decent representation at the Rocky View Schools public consultation meeting on Tuesday (February 13) evening. Fiona Gilbert, Ward 6 Rocky View School Trustee and Board Vice Chair,…

Nagel Pushing for New Low-Density Residential Zone

Whether the rest of town council is willing to support the development of lower density neighbourhoods continues to be tested by Councillor Morgan Nagel. Nagel has made a notice of motion to direct…

RVC Council Approves Sale of RV Campground Land to BRECS

Rocky View County (RVC) Council has approved the sale of its Bow RiversEdge Campground property to the nonprofit society that has managed by park since 2000. RVC has been in negotiating with the Bow…

Hey Toto We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Cochrane RCMP cannot reiterate enough about safeguarding vehicles by locking up. We are no longer that small town shares, Cochrane RCMP Constable Kary Moore, after responding to at least 25…

Drivers Beware: Low Visibility

Drivers beware, visibility is currently very poor at the top of Highway 1A. Carol Tapsay shares she is one of many vehicles that are currently pulled over at the top of the hill and that visibility…

VIDEO: Cochrane High Students Show Their Stamina

Just over 140 Cochrane High School students stayed awake for 24 hours for their first ever Wake-a-Thon on February 8 and 9. While the school has done many fundraisers over the year, the Cobras…

Reminder Tonight: Voice Your Opinion at Transportation Open House

A reminder that Rocky View Schools is hosting a level two public consultation this evening (February 13) beginning at 7 pm. The RVS Board is gathering feedback from the various consultation evenings…

Mother Gives Emotion-Charged Thank You to Life Savers

Town councillor Marni Fedeyko gave an emotion-charged thank you to the people who came together to save her son at the leisure pool on Feb. 10. During last night's council meeting, Fedeyko struggled…

Youth Council Takes Over Chambers Tonight

Cochrane's Youth Council are coming to Council Chambers this evening (February 13) at 6 pm to discuss youth issues with Cochrane Mayor Jeff Genung and members of town council. The Cochrane Youth…

Ideas Welcomed For A Day in the Life of Cochrane

When you stop and consider the broad range of activities that take place here on any given day, the photographic project "A Day in the Life of Cochrane" will be a visual feast of Cochranites. It's a…

Online Transit Survey Launched by Southland

A 13-question online survey is now available to complete for Cochrane residents interested in having a say in Southland Transportations' regional On-It Transit plans. Southland Transportation will be…

Lifeguards Revive Young Boy at Leisure Pool

A six-year-old boy is doing well after being rescued by lifeguards at the Jayman Leisure Centre, Feb. 10. During a special event at the pool, a young boy was pulled from the bottom of the pool and…

Nagel's Decision to Run for UCP Nomination Raises a Stir

There's been some pushback by some people in the community on Town Councillor Morgan Nagel's decision to seek the United Conservative Party nomination in the new Airdrie-Cochrane riding, but Nagel…

Special Avalanche Warning Includes Kananaskis, Banff

The Alberta government has issued a special avalanche warning for recreational backcountry users that is now in effect until Monday, Feb. 12. The areas impacted include Alberta Parks Kananaskis…

Cam Westhead Looks to Represent New Riding

Cochrane-Banff, MLA Cameron Westhead, has announced he will seek nomination for the new Banff-Kananaskis riding in 2019. Even though the new electoral boundary will no longer include Cochrane,…

Will a Tragedy Lead to Change of Legislation

The recent death of a 12-year-old Airdrie boy shines the light on whether Alberta should consider changing legislation on mandatory carbon monoxide detectors. While new home builds since 2007 are…

Food Bank Encourages Year Round Giving

The Cochrane Food Bank is encouraging community members to donate year round so shelves can remain stocked up. With current stock running low, hampers that used to be able to last a family of four a…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Upcoming Events

Fly Tying Club

20 February 2018 7:00 pm

Cochrane Alliance Church





Kiwanis Cochrane Organization Meeting

22 February 2018 7:00 pm

Cochrane Public Library, Cochrane





FCSS - What they can do for seniors

23 February 2018 10:30 pm

Seniors on the Bow, Cochrane





Login