Hobbema man charged with attempted murder – arson

On Dec. 21st, 2013 Maskwacis RCMP, EMS, and Fire were dispatched to a house fire on the Samson Cree Nation

  • Jan. 1, 2014 9:00 a.m.

On Dec. 21st, 2013 Maskwacis RCMP, EMS, and Fire were dispatched to a house fire on the Samson Cree Nation, approximately two miles south of the Hobbema townsite.

Shortly afterward, the home-owner, a 50-year-old male, was located at a neighboring residence, suffering from multiple stab wounds. The male victim was taken to an Edmonton hospital by STARS Air Ambulance where he was treated and is now in stable condition.

It is believed the victim was stabbed inside his residence where it was then set on fire. The victim was able to flee his burning house and he walked to a nearby residence for help. The home was destroyed by the fire and police do not believe there to be any casualties.

Twenty six-year-old Ryan Okeynan from the Samson Cree Nation was arrested shortly after the incident, and has since been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, arson and breach of conditions. He was remanded in custody and was scheduled to appear in court on December 24 in Wetaskiwin. This is not believed to be a gang related incident.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Maskwacis RCMP at 780-585-4600 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).