Two in custody after Highway 22 crime spree

By Sheldon Spackman
October 7, 2017 - 10:07am Updated: October 10, 2017 - 8:54am

Two suspects, including a Rimbey man, are in custody after a dangerous crime spree along Highway 22 in Alberta’s west country Friday morning.

It began at 8:15 a.m. when Breton and Thorsby RCMP received a call of a gas and dash involving a school bus. Police say it was determined the school bus had been stolen out of the Rimbey area October 4.

Soon afterward, Mounties were notified of a man that was robbed after he stopped to assist a stationary school bus on Highway 22. It’s alleged a suspect with a knife stole the man’s Dodge truck and subsequently stole cigarettes from a nearby gas station before taking off.

RCMP from Thorsby, Breton and Rocky Mountain House converged on the scene and found the stolen truck on Highway 22, but the vehicle failed to stop for police. It was soon disabled however with the help of a spike belt.

This lead to the suspect getting out and trying to get into another person’s car, resulting in a stab wound to the car’s driver. Police were then able to apprehend the suspect and take him and a female accomplice still in the stolen truck into custody.

Mounties say the civilian driving the Dodge truck was not hurt in the incident but the person driving the car did receive a minor cut and was treated by EMS at the scene.

Jason Bryanton, 36, of Rimbey faces nine counts out of Rocky Mountain House, seven out of Thorsby and four out of Rimbey. Shari Connolly also faces four counts, including robbery, flight from police and possession of stolen property. The pair remain in custody at the Rocky Mountain House detachment.

“The outcome of these circumstances is a positive one in that we had both subjects located and in custody fairly quickly after the start of events this morning” says Sergeant Cory Kyle of the Thorsby/Breton RCMP in a release. “We appreciate the assistance of several members of the public who provided us timely information and allowed us to successfully do our job.”

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