Senior couple combats two armed robbers

When two masked men wielding a knife and handgun robbed the Royal Hotel at about 11 p.m. last Tuesday, all the owners cared about

When two masked men wielding a knife and handgun robbed the Royal Hotel at about 11 p.m. last Tuesday, all the owners cared about — a senior couple — was protecting each other.

One assailant took the woman and started walking away with her, said the 67-year-old husband, who co-owns the bar with his wife in Stettler.

“I followed them.”

He grabbed a baseball bat that he kept hidden for such an emergency, though in his more than two decades of running a business in Edmonton and Stettler, he had never needed it — until now.

“I picked it up and I started swinging,” the man said, lifting his hands and making a circular motion.

But one of assailants took the bat and a fight ensued between the two.

That’s when his wife’s instincts kicked in and she tried to stop them from fighting.

“He tried to hit my husband,” she said. “I had to do something.”

During the scuffle, her hands were cut. Stettler EMS transported her to the Stettler hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cpl. Cameron Russell of the Stettler RCMP said “two young males” stole an undisclosed amount of cash and ran off down the alley next to the hotel.

Police announced Monday that they charged brothers Cruise Donovan, 23, and Chase Donovan, 19, with the robbery.

 

Just Posted

Stettler woman faces drug trafficking charges

Trial set in Red Deer Court of Queens Bench

Stettler Health Foundation has a lot to smile about

Stettler Tim Hortons donates $2,994 Smile Cookie proceeds to local health foundation

Stettler man found guilty of illegally trafficking wildlife

Hunting license suspended for three years

Our Town Stettler

Main Street in the early 1900s

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

World Sikh Organization demands Canada prove Sikh extremism is a threat

Sikh community says this is first time such extremism has been mentioned in federal terror-threat assessment

Yellow Vests protestors take to Red Deer streets

Trudeau government’s immigration and oil industry policies denounced at rally

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

‘I practically begged’: B.C. woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Facebook reveals bug gave apps unauthorized access to 6.8 million users’ photos

It’s believed up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to Facebook Stories, private photos

Most Read