VIDEO: Robber pulls gun on homeowner after B&E

"I'm contemplating, do I run over this guy, what do I do, I'm going to die, this is how I'm going to die."

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Stephanie Fodchuk is calling for better patrolling in rural areas after brazen criminals targeted her property twice in three weeks.

Fodchuk returned to her Parkland County acreage in the Cameron Lake Estates subdivision after lunch with her dad on Father’s Day completely unaware her life was about to be in jeopardy when she saw an unrecognized black vehicle in her driveway.

“I got home around 3 p.m. and noticed a black car in my driveway. I thought it was an Amazon driver at first. When I pulled into the driveway, I realized it was not, there were two guys trying to get into my big bay doors,” said Fodchuk. “At this point, I’m mad, without even realizing my other truck is gone, that clued in after, so I kind of hammer on my truck a bit, and yelled at them telling them they were on camera.”

Her warnings did little to deter the trespassers as they doubled down on their efforts to steal as much property as they could get their hands on.

At this point, she was already on the phone with police while simultaneously screaming at the men to get off her property. Still in her truck, she believed the attackers were making their exit when the black vehicle began honking its horn while exiting the driveway.

Knowing there was only one way out of the subdivision, Fodchuk followed. But the vehicle did not make the necessary right turn to exit the subdivision. The driver instead went left.

“They were blowing their horn, and because I was in panic mode it didn’t occur to me why. I followed them out of the driveway, and instead of turning right, they turned left. Well, when I turned left, there was another gentleman, using the term loosely, holding a gun to my windshield,” Fodchuk said.

On the phone with the police, Fodchuk hit the floor. What felt like an eternity passed with her staying still on the floor of the vehicle, peeking occasionally to see if the attacker was gone. He never moved.

“I’m ducked all the way down and I’m contemplating, do I run over this guy, what do I do, I’m going to die, this is how I’m going to die,” said Fodchuk. “It felt like an eternity. I’m peeking out the top and he’s still standing there with just no care in his eyes. He just did not care.”

She then sent a text to her family group chat while on the phone with 911 saying ‘I’m being robbed, there’s a gun, somebody please help,” and she continued to speak with dispatchers.

Her husband, who was out for work in Grande Prairie, watched the entire incident unfold via the live feed of their security cameras. He jumped in his vehicle and sped off knowing it would be four hours before he could reach his wife.

Suspects arrive at the home and break in to the premises.

Meanwhile, the attackers circled back into the Fodchuck driveway and the person holding the gun moved to point his weapon at the driver’s side door.

“I’m sitting there thinking what is happening? It’s three in the afternoon what are you doing going to my house again? Then they finally pulled out and I just stayed crouched until I knew they had left this area of the subdivision,” Fodchuk said.

After confirming the attackers were gone, the 911 dispatcher told Fodchuk to get into her house and stay there.

She entered to find her three dogs were extremely agitated, which she later determined on a call with her husband was because a female trespasser strayed from the pack to stand by her window and yell obscenities at the dogs. That is also when the couple realized their truck had been stolen, as the criminals had been at the property a total of three times while Fodchuk was away for lunch.

“I finally got on the phone with my husband and he said, ‘Steph, there are more than three guys. There were more of them.’ I didn’t have the heart to watch the video myself. Then he said, ‘Where’s the Chevy?’ We have a souped-up 1988 Cadillac short box step-side Chevy that was all redone,” said Fodchuk “They used their car to smash into it and ram it to the end of the driveway before stealing it. It ended up on the other side of the subdivision, smashed. I don’t know all of what they did to it, but they wrote it off.”

Before long there were six squad cars at her house. Police did an evidence sweep and managed to recover the Fodchuks’ stolen truck, which had been left destroyed on the side of the road before it ever left the subdivision. They were unable to locate the attackers.

The family later found an opened bottle of Jack Daniels in their garage which they turned in for evidence.

Traumatizing does not even begin to describe the experience in its entirety for the Fodchuks. Their entire world had been flipped upside down.

The next morning the couple upgraded their security system with additional cameras and fencing. Eventually, they ordered a 20-foot automated gate.

“I’m doing all of these things because I’m terrified of these people. Every time I leave the house I’m watching the cameras to see if anyone is there. Guys came out to mark lines on the road and I had a full-on anxiety attack and called my neighbours telling them somebody was there. I’ve just been super hyper-vigilant. That’s not my behaviour normally at all.”

Friends and family stayed over daily to provide an extra sense of security, and her anxieties started to ease.

Three weeks to the day (Sunday) with the completion of the installation of her gate less than 48 hours away, Fodchuk said she was just beginning to feel safe in her home again when the attackers returned.

“I had a couple of visitors over, they took off, and I decided to go to bed. All of a sudden I’m getting phone call after phone call. They showed up again at 1 a.m. They had a new F150 of people. I’m only assuming it was the same people back to steal what they didn’t get, but I don’t know. My spotlights went off, so they stopped, but then they just drove away. Now it’s all fresh again,” Fodchuk said.

A few hours later the F150 was found burned on the side of the road. Police again took her statement and collected more evidence. RCMP media contact Const. Shelley Nasheim confirmed an investigation into a case of break and enter with a firearm involved is ongoing and that a second investigation into the second incident has been opened, but could not comment further. Nasheim could not confirm a connection between the two incidents.

The RCMP also confirmed there were three male and one female suspects involved in the first incident in a press release Wednesday.

A suspect can be seen running from the home after hearing a honk from the group of robbers in the getaway car. The homeowner just pulled up in the black truck.

With their wounds reopened the family is now advocating for better patrolling in rural areas. Fodchuk has put a call into the provincial government but fears it will fall on deaf ears.

“The police are working on it, but what else are they going to give me? I’m frustrated. I put a call out to the county and to Premier Kenney. I understand we’re not going to have one RCMP officer sit outside somebody’s house because they’re afraid, but at the same time, there is zero police presence in this area,” Fodchuk said. “Of course they were going to come back. There’s nobody patrolling the area and they God damn well knew it.”

She believes the problem can be partly rectified by giving other divisions of enforcement who are not the RCMP the right to patrol rural neighbourhoods. For example, a highway patrol sheriff has the right to pull over speeders, but the officer will not actively patrol different subdivisions looking for suspicious activity.

“If you have different detachments — with the RCMP being responsible for one thing and highway traffic control officers responsible for another — my thought process is If you don’t have enough RCMP to patrol why can’t the ticket guys at least patrol so if they see anything they can call the RCMP,” Fodchuk said. “I’d like to see more patrol cars and I’m not alone in this.”

The Alberta RCMP did just announce 75 new positions, including 46 boots-on-the-ground positions they say will primarily be dedicated to reducing crime in rural areas.

Despite having camera systems, helping the police collect evidence and spending $20,000 out of their pockets for security upgrades, they were left feeling unprotected just three weeks after their initial trauma. 

“I’m completely tormented and traumatized, and I’m just starting to get past that. I go and spend $20,000, which does not come at a great time either, I do my due diligence, and three weeks to the day later they’re around again,” said Fodchuk. “My heart just stopped. There was somebody with a gun pointed at my head. Why is nobody taking this seriously? Why isn’t there more patrolling? But there’s a shortage in officers, so we’re stuck.”

Though work has been completed to shore up her property, Fodchuk said residents should not have to turn their homes into something resembling Fort Knox in order to feel safe.

Even with confidence in her defences, Fodchuk is still coming to grips with how deeply the last three weeks have affected her.

“I’m still overwhelmed at the fact that literally the instant I came home, my entire world changed. The way I think about everything has changed. I come home now, the deadbolt goes on. Before half the time I’d get home, the windows in my truck would stay down, the door would stay open, I’d mow the lawn and my dogs would run around. None of that happens anymore,” Fodchuk said.

Plans with friends or family outside of the home have all but become a thing of the past as Fodchuk tries to remain at her house as much as she possibly can.

She is healing from the experience but is firm in her belief something needs to be done to increase policing in rural Albertan communities.

“It shouldn’t have to have been this way. We fund so many things that are completely useless, but the one thing we do need is some sort of protection there’s no money for it?” Fodchuk said. “It blows my mind you can have 100 guys getting paid $40,000 a year to hand out speeding tickets to soccer moms but they can’t patrol … Where in Parkland County are our people? Why isn’t there patrolling down Highway 779?”

Anyone with information that can assist with this investigation, is asked to contact the Parkland RCMP at 825-220-7267 or by calling their local police detachment. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.