Monday, June 18, 2012

Canadian Armored-car Triple Murder Suspect Arrested At U.S. Border Crossing

Travis Baumgartner

Photo: Edmonton Police Service

Triple murder suspect was attempting to cross into the U.S. to avoid prosecution in Canada.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 18, 2012

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - On Monday, the Edmonton Police Service reported that homicide suspect Travis Baumgartner, 21, is expected back in Alberta to face three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for last Friday's G4S Cash Solutions armored-car robbery. Baumgartner was arrested at the Lynden, Washington U.S.-Canada border while attempting to cross into the U.S.
U.S. Border Protection agents at the border discovered Baumgartner was wanted in Canada for murder and arrested him on Saturday shortly after 4:15 p.m. The suspect was driving a dark blue Ford F-150 truck and when border agents detained him and searched the rear section of the truck. They recovered a backpack with $334,000 in Canadian cash, the U.S. Border Protection agency reported.
The suspect was turned over to Canadian police on Saturday night, since no extradition order was required because he was stopped before entering the U.S. The suspect tried to use his Canadian license to cross over to the U.S., but was identified as a wanted triple murder suspect in Canada.
Baumgartner had been working at the G4S Cash Solutions company for only three months when he committed the robbery. He allegedly shot and killed three of his armored-car partners and critically wounded another while they were loading up bank money machines at the University of Alberta campus just after midnight on June 15. The victims were identified as Michelle Shegelski, 26, Eddie Rejano, 39, and Brian Ilesic, 35, who were found deceased at the scene and the other critically wounded victim Matthew Schuman was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The suspect then took the money and fled the scene.
Edmonton police confirmed that Baumgartner has been cooperating with the investigation, but the weapon (pistol) and bullet proof vest used in the robbery have not been located.
Baumgartner is facing three consecutive life sentences in prison, if convicted on the murder charges.

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