Teens sentenced for violent 2022 assault on merchant

Justice deems probation, community service are enough penalty

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Two of the male youths involved in assaulting the owner of a High Prairie business September of 2022 will serve several months on probation.

A 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old male, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, were sentenced to probation for nine months on Jan. 29 in High Prairie youth court. Both had pleaded guilty at a previous appearance.

Couri heard the teens were with another male youth, who entered the Tomato Boy store on Sept. 19, 2022 and assaulted owner and clerk Greg Radstaak, Crown prosecutor Kelly Payne said.

They tried to rob the Tomato Boy of liquor, Payne said. She added neither boy was the leader in the incident.

When Radstaak tried to intervene, the boys assaulted him, the Crown added.

“It end up quite violent,” she said. “It was a failed robbery.”

Payne credits the two teens for an early guilty plea.

“It’s good the youth are taking responsibility,” she said.

Justice S.P. Hinkley told the teens getting involved in the incident was a mistake.

“It was something that went south real fast,” he said.

Both teens are required to complete 10 hours of community service by the start of the final month of probation.

They were ordered to have no contact with Radstaak, and to stay away from his place of business.
Both are also required to take treatment and counseling, live at home and are banned from possessing or using firearms and other weapons.

The incident occurred around 1:18 p.m. on the above-mentioned date, when the boys entered the store.

When police arrived, officers arrested the two boys Radstaak was fighting with. A third, who had left the scene, was quickly arrested. Two others, serving as lookouts, escaped.

High Prairie Staff Sgt. Bryce Tarzwell described the incident as “shoplifting gone bad.”

Any injuries Radstaak sustained were minor. He did seek treatment, and quickly returned to work.

The third teen was charged with uttering threats, possession of property obtained by crime, assault and assault with a weapon.

Greg Radstaak, at his Tomato Boy store in High Prairie when it opened, in late 2021.

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