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Two additional people from Calgary charged in ongoing homicide investigation: Chestemere RCMP


Chestermere, Alberta – RCMP Major Crimes have laid charges on two additional people in relation to this homicide.

Jacob Tolchinsky (29) and Justin Gittens (37) both of Calgary, been charged with the first degree murder of Dennis Lewis.

Tolchinsky and Gittens remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in Calgary Provincial Court on May 4, 2021.

Background

April 26, 2021

Chestermere, Alberta – On April 23, 2021, RCMP Major Crimes unit located and arrested a second individual in relation to this homicide.

Joseph PILLAY (36) is a former resident of Calgary and was arrested in Vancouver, B.C. He has been charged with the first degree murder of Dennis Lewis.

Police have now identified all 4 individuals involved in the murder of Dennis Lewis,

and charges are pending against the remaining two individuals.

As this continues to be an active investigation, no further details regarding these suspects will be released until an information is sworn.

Background:

March 23, 2021

Chestermere, Alberta – The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have laid a second degree murder charge after a 16-month long investigation.

37-year-old Richard Michael Sikora (37) of Calgary has been charged in the murder of 41-year-old Dennis Lewis. Lewis had been murdered on Nov. 26, 2018 at his residence in Chestermere and subsequently died in hospital.

After a Judicial hearing, Sikora has been remanded into custody and will next appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on April 8, 2021.

The investigation is still on-going as the RCMP believe there are additional subjects involved and are releasing video footage in hopes additional tips from the public will be provided. A stolen burgundy 2015 Ford Edge Sport believed to be involved in the incident was captured on security camera’s in the area of the residence and was later recovered in northeast Calgary.

Chestermere RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident. Please contact Chestermere RCMP at 403-204-8900 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Background:

November 30, 2018

Chestermere, Alberta – On Monday November 26, 2018, Chestermere RCMP responded to a residence in the West Creek Mews area of Chestermere. Upon arrival, one of the residents, 41-year-old Dennis Lewis, was found suffering from an injury caused by a gunshot. Dennis Lewis was pronounced deceased at the Foothills Medical Centre shortly after arriving there.

The RCMP Southern Alberta Major Crimes Unit was engaged and has taken carriage of the homicide investigation with assistance from the Chestermere RCMP Detachment, Calgary Forensic Identification Section, the RCMP Emergency Response Team, RCMP Police Dog Services and the Calgary Police Service.

The RCMP are currently seeking information related to a Burgundy 2015 Ford Edge Sport with license plate AB – BGC 2422. This vehicle was reported stolen on November 3, 2018, from the area of 21 Street and 17 Avenue SE, Calgary, by the registered owner. RCMP are looking for information regarding this vehicle, it’s whereabouts, and occupants from November 3 – November 27, 2018.

RCMP are also looking for anyone who may have been in Chestermere from the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am on November 26, 2018, who may have seen the Burgundy 2015 Ford Edge Sport, or who may have a dash camera that would have been recording at the time they were in Chestermere.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking if you have information about this incident to please call Chestermere RCMP at 403-420-4855 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Background:

November 26, 2018

Chestermere, Alberta – This morning at approximately 10:30 a.m., RCMP responded to an incident that occurred at a residence in the area of West Lakeview Drive and West Creek Mews. Investigation revealed that an altercation took place inside the residence where a gun shot was fired. One adult male was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Local schools were briefly locked down as a precautionary concern for the safety of staff and students. Once the area was contained and deemed safe, schools resumed normal daily activities.

This was not a random incident and the investigation is still ongoing. The investigation is being aided by the efforts of Forensic Identification Services, Strathmore RCMP, and Police Dog Services.

No further information is available at this time. An update will be provided as new information becomes available.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking if you have information about this incident to please call Chestermere RCMP at 403-420-4855 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Background:

November 26, 2018

On November 26, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Chestermere RCMP responded to an incident in the area of West Lakeview Drive and West Creek Mews. As a precaution nearby schools were advised to initiate their lock down procedures which were lifted a short time later. There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time. The investigation is ongoing. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Chestemere RCMP

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