Three male suspects with machete rob woman in Ponoka parking lot

Two adult men and a male youth brandishing a machete robbed a woman sitting in a car in a parking lot on 54 Street in Ponoka at about 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 16.

Ponoka RCMP say the three suspects smashed the woman’s car window, stole cash and other items, assaulted her, demanded her car keys and started to drive away. A helpful citizen, however, intervened by yelling and the suspects fled on foot without the vehicle.

Police Dog Services (PDS) attended and an initial track didn’t lead police to the suspects. Ponoka RCMP members continued to patrol the area and at 12:30 a.m., they located the suspects in Centennial Park.  The three males again fled on foot, but the concentration of RCMP members in the area and the quick response by PDS led to the capture and arrest of the three suspects early Thursday morning.

Cole Gerald Cattleman, 23, of Samson First Nation and Anthony Saddleback, 32, of Montana First Nation, were both charged with six criminal charges including robbery with a weapon, assault with a weapon and theft.

The 13-year-old male youth is facing seven criminal charges. He was released on an undertaking to attend Youth Court.

Judicial interim release hearings have been held and Saddleback has been released with conditions.  He is scheduled to appear in court in Ponoka on Jan. 15, 2021. Cattleman is scheduled to appear on Dec. 22, 2020 in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court.

“This event was another great example where timely and pertinent assistance provided by the public supported our officers” said Sergeant Erin St-Cyr of Ponoka RCMP.  “Information and surveillance video enabled our members to locate and apprehend these three male suspects before the situation escalated or evolved into something with a far more dire outcome.”