Joint operation between RCMP, Calgary police land man wanted on 55 warrants

A man with 55 outstanding warrants was arrested yesterday after a joint operation between Airdrie RCMP and Calgary police led them to a Calgary residence.

The operation was launched in mid-November when Calgary police learned the suspect may have been residing in the Airdrie area.

Thursday morning, multiple Mountie units executed a search warrant on a residence in the Luxstone neighbourhood of Airdrie as the suspect was believed to be inside.

The suspect was later spotted driving in the neighbourhood and RCMP officers followed him to a residence in the 1400 block of 40 St. S.W. in Calgary.

There, the man barricaded himself inside a residence, stating he was armed with multiple weapons and refusing to leave.

The Calgary police tactical unit negotiated with the man for several hours before he surrendered without incident.

A subsequent search warrant on the residence found imitation firearms, a crossbow and bear spray.

Joed Smith, 37, is facing 26 additional charges.

Smith was originally wanted on charges of robbery, assault with a weapon, escape lawful custody and theft under $5,000, amongst others.

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Joed Smith, 37, was arrested on outstanding warrants by RCMP after search warrants were executed in Airdrie and Calgary on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

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