A 31 year-old male is facing numerous charges a following an incident last night which started as a stolen vehicle investigation and led to alleged forcible confinement at gunpoint.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, a police officer in the Stolen Auto Unit observed a white Ford truck parked at a residence in the 1300 block of King Street. The vehicle matched the description of a truck reported stolen the day before and not yet recovered. Further investigation and the use of tactics resulted in the vehicle being abandoned in the 600 block of Queen Street. The driver fled on foot, pursued by a Canine Unit, and then disappeared into a back yard in the 400 block of King Street. At that time, it’s believed the male suspect demanded vehicle keys from the resident at gunpoint and then forced him inside. Once inside, it’s alleged the suspect forced the first victim and three others into a bedroom, by pointing the firearm and uttering threats. Police surrounded the property and were able to enter the residence and locate the suspect who was trying to hide. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. A loaded, 12-gauge home-made shotgun, or zipgun was seized.
Thirty-one year-old Matthew Stacey BITTERNOSE, of Regina, is charged with:
- Possession of Property obtained by Crime over $5,000 (truck) [355(a) CC];
- Break, Enter and Commit Robbery [348(1)(b) CC];
- 2 X Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace [88 CC];
- 4 X Use of a Firearm in the Commission of an Indictable Offence [85(1)(a) CC];
- Pointing a Firearm [87(1) CC];
- Store Firearm Contrary to Regulations [86(2) CC];
- Breach of Probation [733.1(1) CC];
- Possession of Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized [92(1) CC];
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device [94(1) CC];
- Possession of a Loaded Restricted Firearm [95(1) CC];
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime [96(1) CC];
- Uttering Threats [264.1(1)(a) CC];
- Forcible Confinement [279(2) CC;
- 3 X Pointing a Firearm [87(1) CC]; and
- 2 X Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Order [177.01(1) CC].
BITTERNOSE made his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019.