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Parkland County man has gun pointed at him after arriving home during break and enter

Four people have been charged in connection with a break and enter in Parkland County during which RCMP allege that a homeowner had a handgun pointed at him.

Police said the incident unfolded just after 4 p.m. on Monday. They said officers were called to a house north of Highway 16 on Highway 44.

“The homeowner returned to his residence to discover four individuals in the act of a break and enter to his residence and removing his effects from his house,” the RCMP said in a news release issued on Wednesday. “The suspects were wearing bandanas to cover their faces and had a handgun that was pointed towards (the) homeowner.

“The suspects assaulted the homeowner and attempted to steal his van,” the RCMP added.

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According to police, the suspects did not make off with the van and left the scene on foot instead. They allege that the suspects then broke into outbuildings at a nearby golf course before police officers were able to contain the area and make arrests.

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“The suspects’ vehicle was later found with property from the homeowner’s residence inside,” the RCMP said.

Thirty-one-year-old Mason Anderson of Spruce Grove, 29-year-old Danny Friedrick of Edmonton, 27-year-old Jenny Ray of Stony Plain and 25-year-old Taylor Krushinsky of Edmonton have been charged with robbery with a firearm, possession of a restricted firearm, disguise with intent, break and enter of a residence with the intent to commit theft and break and enter of a business.

Anderson, Taylor and Krushinsky were also charged with breach of probation.

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Anderson and Friedrick were remanded in custody while Ray and Krushinsky were released on a recognizance. All four of the accused were scheduled to appear in court in Stony Plain on Wednesday morning.

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