Calgary, AB,

Charges laid in hostage situation

The Calgary Police Service Robbery Unit has charged two men in relation to a hostage situation that occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. A third suspect remains outstanding.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., a woman contacted CPS to report that a family member was being held against his will at a garage located in the 1800 block of 43 Street S.E. It is alleged that the victim willingly went to the garage the previous afternoon, however three suspects forcibly confined him once he got inside. While confined, the victim was able to access his phone and began texting a family member who reported the incident to police.

CPS officers set up containment on the garage and used several resources to initiate an investigative action plan. At approximately 2:20 p.m., the CPS Tactical Unit made entry into the garage and located the victim inside. The victim had been confined for a total of 24.5 hours and was found with serious injuries. He was transported to hospital.

It is believed that this occurred as a result of a dispute over drugs.

Two men were arrested at the scene on Dec. 2, and have since been charged in relation to the incident.

Daniel Raymond COLLINS, 53, of Calgary, is charged with one count each of forcible confinement, robbery and aggravated assault. COLLINS will next appear in court on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Bailey Spencer LEPRETRE, 21, of Calgary, is also charged with one count each of forcible confinement, robbery and aggravated assault. LEPRETRE will next appear in court on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

Investigators are still looking for a third suspect. He is described as a Caucasian male, 6’1” tall, with a medium build and brown hair.

Detectives executed a search warrant on the garage on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, and seized items related to the investigation. The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone who has information about this incident, or the third suspect, is asked to call police at 403-266-1234, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637


Case #: 15511456/2292