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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Chestermere RCMP – Ongoing investigation – Additional person charged

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April 27, 2021 - Chestermere, Alta. – 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. 

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March 24, 2021 - Chestermere, Alta. – 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 {shot} 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 cameras 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.

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Background:

For Immediate Release November 30, 2018

Chestermere RCMP – Ongoing investigation *update* 

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.

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