Fort St. John RCMP are working with Alberta police to determine if a Grande Prairie man convicted in a 1994 sexual assault case is involved in any “other similar unsolved investigations,” according to a news release.
Randolph Byron Dunlop, 60, was found guilty of sexual assault with a weapon, break and enter to commit an indictable offence and forcible confinement on March 23 this year in a B.C. provincial court. He received an eight-year prison sentence.
In 1994, a Fort St. John woman was sexually assaulted by a complete stranger, police said in a news release.
Police said Dunlop wore a mask and used a firearm to break into the woman’s home. He tied her up and sexually assaulted her, police said. Dunlop had cut phone lines to the home before breaking in.
Using DNA evidence found at the crime scene, Fort St. John RCMP were able to link the 60-year-old to the crime.
He was arrested in Grande Prairie in 2014.
Police said Dunlop worked in the Fort St. John area while living in Grande Prairie in the 1990s.
Anyone with information about other related incidents is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.