Po­lice ar­rest, charge three peo­ple over restau­rant rob­bery

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS - JEREMY AP­PEL jap­pel@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHN Jeremy Ap­pel

The Medicine Hat Po­lice Ser­vice has ar­rested three peo­ple in con­nec­tion with last week’s rob­bery of the Spice Hut In­dian Cui­sine restau­rant.

At 11 a.m. on Oct. 5, two men wear­ing masks en­tered the restau­rant within the Trav­elodge Ho­tel, pro­duc­ing a pel­let gun and de­mand­ing cash from a staff mem­ber.

Both sus­pects fled into an await­ing ve­hi­cle.

Within hours of the in­ci­dent, the MHPS ar­rested Michael Mingo, 35, who was in pos­ses­sion of stolen cash and the gun.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the ex­e­cu­tion of two search war­rants on lo­cal res­i­dences Tues­day, cul­mi­nat­ing in the ar­rest of Jayson Arndt, 30, the other al­leged rob­ber, and Kristo­pher Hansen, 35, the al­leged driver.

Ma­jor Crimes Unit Staff Sgt. Chad Holt says “good old fash­ioned po­lice work and in­ves­ti­ga­tion” led to the ar­rest of Arndt and Hansen.

“Talk­ing to peo­ple that might have knowl­edge of the of­fence, fol­low­ing up leads and tips ... even­tu­ally led to more and more in­for­ma­tion, and we started com­pil­ing a case,” said Holt. “We re­al­ized we had the right peo­ple.”

Mingo faces charges of rob­bery, wear­ing a dis­guise to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence and pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous weapon.

He also had sev­eral out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rants for un­re­lated crimes.

Holt said the po­lice orig­i­nally ar­rested Mingo on the out­stand­ing war­rants and had a tip he could be con­nected to the restau­rant rob­bery, which they looked into fur­ther.

“We were able to de­ter­mine that he was, in fact, re­spon­si­ble for the rob­bery as well,” he said.

Arndt faces a count each of rob­bery, wear­ing a dis­guise to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence, breach of re­cog­ni­zance and breach of pro­ba­tion. Hansen faces a sin­gle count of rob­bery. Arndt and Hansen are sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Tues­day, while Mingo will ap­pear next on Oct. 23.

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