Murder Suspect caught at border – gruesome armed robbery
Edmonton Police released this undated photo of Travis Baumgartner, 21, a G4S employee sought following
[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
Globe and Mail excerpt
Edmonton police Sergeant Dave Reitzel says Travis Baumgartner was stopped near a border crossing in Lynden, Wash., near the U.S.-Canada border southwest of Abbotsford, B.C.
Sgt. Reitzel said Mr. Baumgartner was in his pickup truck and was alone.
Baumgartner had been on the run since Friday when four G4S guards were gunned down, three of them fatally.
Police have said Mr. Baumgartner was the fifth member of a crew re-loading bank machines at a university mall and residence where the shooting happened.
The 21-year-old is facing three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
Sgt. Reitzel said a sum of money was found in the truck when Mr. Baumgartner was arrested.
Mr. Baumgartner was the subject of Canada-wide warrants, after a shooting and heist in Edmonton just after midnight Friday morning.
He’d argued with his mother before his shift. Later, he was among a five-person private security company team, employed by G4S Cash Solutions, that arrived at the University of Alberta to drop off cash for bank machines. Gunfire broke out soon after, leaving three guards dead and one guard in hospital.
Among the dead are Michelle Shegelski, 26, who had worked for the company since 2008, and Brian Ilesic, 35, and Eddie Rejano, 39, two new employees she was training.
A fourth guard, Matthew Schuman, is in hospital. There was no update Saturday on the condition of Mr. Schuman, who is also a military firefighter based at CFB Edmonton.
Mr. Baumgartner, 21, was missing after the shooting, as was the armoured van. Police initially called him a person of interest, before announcing Friday afternoon – 15 hours after the shooting – they’d issued the warrants for his arrest.
The suspect was last seen in his dark blue Ford F-150 pick-up truck. Police said the truck includes two stickers – one for Monster energy drink, and one for a video game, Gears of War, with a blood-red skull as its logo.
The suspect’s mother, Sandy Baumgartner, had made a plea Friday evening for him to turn himself in safely.
“I’m sorry that we had an argument last night, and had bad words between us, but I want you to come home and do the right thing. Let’s work this out together,” she said in a statement released by police.
Investigators declined to release the amount of money he stole, or whether they have any reports of him sharing it with friends or family.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]