Hatchet, knives and drugs seized after man allegedly pulls knife on staff at Lethbridge Walmart
A man and a woman were arrested for the second time in a week in connection with thefts in the Lethbridge area including an incident where a worker was allegedly threatened at knifepoint.
Lethbridge Police Service members, including the canine unit, were deployed Saturday evening following reports a man had pulled a knife on a Walmart employee who attempted to stop the theft of items.
The suspect was spotted fleeing the store in the 3000 block of 26th Avenue N in a vehicle and officers successfully stopped the getaway attempt.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a tactical hatchet, several knives and merchandise believed stolen.
Two people — 27-year-old Anthony Douglas Johnston and 20-year-old Aedan Tanya Betts — were arrested in connection with the investigation and subsequently charged.
Johnston, who remains in custody, faces one charge of robbery and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, fentanyl). He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Betts was charged with failure to comply with a release order. She was released from custody ahead of her Nov. 1 court appearance.
Both Johnston and Betts were previously arrested on Oct. 20 at a home in the 400 block of 12B Street N in connection with a stolen property investigation. Both of the accused face charges in connection with both investigations.