Police combing rural areas for suspect near Maidstone, Paynton areas

RCMP officers are searching farms and rural acreages in the Maidstone and Paynton areas as part of an ongoing investigation that began near Edmonton on Wednesday, October 11.
Public safety is the number one priority for police at this time, according to a news release issued by the RCMP shortly after noon on Thursday, October 12.
“RCMP are currently on the scene of an ongoing investigation in the Maidstone detachment area,” stated the RCMP. “The public will see an increased police presence in relation to this investigation. It began last night in the Edmonton Police Service and Alberta RCMP areas. The individudals involved in this investigation may be armed and are considered dangerous.”
The public is advised to stay away form the areas with police presence in the Maidstone and surrounding areas for safety reasons.
The RCMP is asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the area, but not to approach any suspicious persons or vehicles. To report suspicious activity, call 310-RCMP, or in an emergency situation, call 911.
One adult male was arrested Thursday morning in the Maidstone area in relation to this investigation and is currently in police custody. No charges have been laid.
RCMP members continue to search for a second individual described as an adult male, approximately 5’9” tall who is believed to be travelling on foot.
A further update on this investigation is expected later this afternoon.