October 25th, 2020

Armed robbery case possibly headed to trial

By Shurtz, Delon on November 13, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A man and woman accused of robbing a city gas station convenience store during the summer may be headed for trial.

James Patrick Williams and Tila Bailey Scout pleaded not guilty last month to charges of robbery with a firearm, being disguised to commit an offence, and using an imitation firearm while committing an offence.

The two accused, who remain in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, were back in provincial court Tuesday where their matters were adjourned to Nov. 26 when they may set a trial date.

Police reported that at about 4:50 a.m. Aug. 16 a masked man and woman entered the Circle K/Esso gas station in the 300 block of Bluefox Boulevard North. The woman approached the store clerk, brandished a gun and demanded cash while the man stayed by the door.

The two suspects were given an undisclosed amount of cash, then ran from the store and jumped into a dark vehicle driven by another man. The clerk was not injured.

A few days later Scout set fire to a fourplex on 9 Avenue North by placing several items inside an oven, including an aerosol can, toilet paper, coffee filters and clothing. She turned on the oven and started a fire causing about $50,000 in damage.

On the same day, only a couple of blocks away, Scout set a blanket on fire in the bedroom of her aunt’s residence. When her aunt entered the residence she saw several fires burning and fought them for about 30 minutes before she was able to extinguish them. Damage to her home is estimated at about $20,000.

Scout pleaded guilty last month to two counts of arson but sentencing was adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, which will provide the judge with Scout’s personal circumstances and aboriginal background to help determine a fit sentence. The matter returns to court Dec. 11 when defence and the Crown may provide recommendations on sentencing.

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