Calgary, AB,

Six people charged in home invasion

The Calgary Police Service Gang Enforcement Team has charged six people in relation to a home invasion that occurred yesterday.

At approximate 3:40 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, police were called to a residence in the 100 block of Citadel Peak Circle N.W. for reports of armed men breaking into a home. The men allegedly tied up the two residents in the home, seriously assaulted a disabled man who was confined to a wheelchair, stole a number of items from the home and fled. It took approximately one hour for the victims to be able to free themselves from their bonds and call for help.

The seriously injured man was transported to hospital in stable condition, while the other occupant of the home, an adult male, was treated at the scene and released.

It is believed the home was targeted as it had a small medicinal marijuana grow operation within. The occupants of the residence are not believed to have any ties to organized crime and are not known to police.

At approximately 2 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop in the 2800 block of 10 Street N.W., on a vehicle believed to be operated by persons involved in the home invasion robbery. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of a pistol with a prohibited high capacity magazine, as well as a small amount of marijuana.

Two men were in the vehicle at the time of the stop. Gagandeep Singh SANDHU, 24, from Sherwood Park, Alta., and Amardeep DEOL, 24, from Calgary, were arrested and charged with four firearm related offences, possession of marijuana, break and enter to commit robbery, committing an offence while disguised and forcible confinement.

Following the traffic stop, police executed a search warrant on a condo unit in the 800 block of 4 Avenue S.W. Evidence relating to the home-invasion investigation was recovered and four people were arrested. Brandon Allen MAYES, 22, from Grand Prairie, Alta., Steven Gavin SAMSON, 20, from Grand Prairie, Alta., Cole Alexander SAFARIK, 27, from Burnaby, B.C. and Aubrey Lavon HALEY, 26, from New Westminister, B.C., have all been charged with multiple offences including break and enter to commit robbery, committing an offence while disguised and forcible confinement.

All six will appear in court on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.