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Hostage taking, assault, firearms charges laid after shelter-in-place order in northern Alberta

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A John D'or Prairie man has been charged after a shelter-in-place order was issued for the community on Thursday morning.

The order was issued for the community on the Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta at 7:33 a.m. and lifted two hours later.

Police say they got a complaint about a man holding a woman against her will in a home.

The man was arrested without any injuries to him or officers, and the order was lifted.

The condition of the woman was not disclosed.

Mounties say they executed a search warrant at the home and found a "significant" number of guns.

The 22-year-old man was charged with the following:

  • hostage taking;
  • careless use of a firearm;
  • unlawful possession of a firearm;
  • pointing a firearm;
  • uttering threats;
  • assault;
  • possession of a prohibited weapon;
  • use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence; and
  • knowingly possess a prohibited weapon.

He was brought before a Justice of the Peace and remanded into custody.

A court date has been set for May 14 in Fort Vermilion. 

John D'or Prairie is about 750 kilometres north of Edmonton.

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