October 24th, 2020

Man pleads guilty to first of many charges


By Shurtz, Delon on November 9, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man accused of a rash of offences last month, including kidnapping, assault with a weapon and robbery, was back in Lethbridge provincial court Friday to deal with several unrelated charges.

Cory Ray Williams pleaded guilty to single counts of drug possession and causing a disturbance, and two counts of breaching probation and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

He was credited for 24 days spent in pre-trial custody, leaving him with only 21 days left on his sentence, but he may continue to remain in custody after his sentence is completed if he isn’t granted bail on his other charges.

Williams, 41, is charged with kidnapping, three counts of assault with a weapon, flight from police, dangerous driving, uttering threats, robbery, attempted kidnapping, break and enter and commit theft of motor vehicle, attempted robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and failing to comply with conditions of a probation order.

The charges stem from rash of offences last month in which a man attacked another man with a machete, then carjacked a vehicle and kidnapped the driver, forcing him, with a machete at his throat, to drive to several locations in the city, including an ATM where the victim had to withdraw cash.

The following day a man and woman were yelling at a man on the street, who was wielding several weapons. While police were responding, additional calls came in reporting a carjacking in progress by a man matching the description of the suspect involved in the disturbance.

A 61-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle when a man got into the passenger seat, brandished a small sword, threatened the driver and told him to drive. Police responded but were unable to find the suspect.

Before police could nab a suspect, they received a report that a man had grabbed a woman while she was walking along the street, threw her to the ground and demanded her cellphone. The description of the subject was the same as in the previous incidents, and a suspect was arrested at a northside home.

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