August 10, 2012
Baumgartner fought with mom over rent before U of A shooting
By Tony Blais, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Accused triple-murderer Travis Baumgartner fought with his mother over money just before he allegedly killed his armoured car company co-workers during a robbery.
The alleged killer also left a large bundle of cash, estimated to be about $64,000, on his mom's kitchen table before leaving town and trying to cross the U.S. border.
This new information related to the June 15 massacre at the University of Alberta's Hub Mall was released Friday after a judge unsealed a vetted copy of a police document used to obtain a search warrant for Baumgartner's home.
The document also reveals that the missing money from the armoured truck is believed to be in the range of $600,000 to $1.9 million, which raises the question of what happened to the cash and where is it now.
When Baumgartner, 21, was caught at the Lynden, Wash., border crossing, southwest of Abbotsford, B.C., on June 16. he was carrying more than $330,000 in Canadian currency and his own driver's licence, but no passport, said police.
According to the information to obtain a search warrant document, a city police detective interviewed Baumgartner's mother Sandra and she said her and Travis had got into a fight over rent money he owed her.
"Travis told her not to worry, stating he wasn't coming back home and that she would get her money," says the document. She then went to bed after her son went to work his shift with G4S Security Services Canada Ltd. and learned of the incident when she woke up.
She noticed Travis wasn't at home, but saw his work boots at the front door. The bank employee then observed a large bundle of cash on her kitchen table, which she estimated to be about $64,000.
She also told police she did not see her son in the home and had no idea where he had gone.
The document also states that all of the victims were in full G4S uniform when they were found and still had their firearms loaded and secured in their holsters.
All of the victims appeared to have been shot in the head.
While none of the victim guards' weapons had been drawn, .38-calibre rounds were located at the scene, as well as a speed loader, an item used to assist with loading rounds into a gun.
Police earlier said Baumgartner was one of five G4S security guards exchanging funds at a bank machine inside the Hub Mall shortly after midnight.
At some point during the job, guards Michelle Shegelski, 26, Brian Ilesic, 35, and Eddie Rejano, 39, were shot and killed — three inside and one outside. Guard Matthew Schuman was in critical condition in hospital after also being shot, but he is believed to be recovering.
According to the document, Rejano and Baumgartner, who was hired in April, were new employees and were being trained by the rest of the team. As a result, one of the two would have been driving the armoured truck.
Rejano was found outside where the armoured truck had been parked while the other victims were found inside the TD Bank ATM inside Hub Mall.
Information from eye-witness accounts was also included in the document to obtain the search warrant.
One person told police he was watching TV when he heard three pops in succession and then one shot 30 seconds later before seeing the armoured truck drive away.
Another witness, a Safewalk volunteer, said she heard a thud inside Hub Mall and then moaning and then she saw a bleeding person on the ground by the ATM.
"She hears the person say: F---, F--- I'm not going to make it," says the document.
Another witness told police he heard seven shots and saw a body with blood by the head near the armoured truck and a dark figure get into the vehicle and drive away.
The document also states another witness, who works at the Edmonton Sun building, which is near the southeast Edmonton G4S facility, saw an armoured truck pull up and a man get out and go into the rear compartment. A short time later, the man saw a pickup truck which had been parked nearby the armoured vehicle was gone.
Police later said the abandoned armoured truck was the initial getaway vehicle used in the robbery.
Police also said in the document that the victims found inside the very small room behind the ATM were believed to be loading the bank machine when they were shot, based on the positioning of where their bodies were and bullet holes in the ground.
The room was locked when police arrived and they had to use a battering ram and pry bar to get in.
Baumgartner is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and four counts of robbery with a firearm. He is next in court on Aug. 16.