Ponoka RCMP make arrests after robbery and pursuit

By rdnewsNOW
February 6, 2018 - 7:53am

PONOKA- Three people have been charged with multiple offences after a weekend crime spree.

On February 3, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Ponoka RCMP were called to a theft at a liquor store.

A suspect entered the store and stole three bottles of wine and fled.

At 6:45 p.m., RCMP responded to another complaint of an attempted theft of a vehicle at a residence in north-west Ponoka with similar suspect descriptions.

Mounties attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver fled.

Due to public safety concerns no pursuit was initiated.

At 7:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a panic alarm at a store in Crestomere west of Ponoka.

Suspects had entered the store attempting to steal liquor.

Once they left the store a firearm was pointed at an employee.

At 8:00 p.m., Rimbey RCMP responded to an attempted vehicle theft in the town of Rimbey.

RCMP located a vehicle similar to one that was involved in the previous incidents in the Ponoka area and attempted to pull the driver over but again he fled the scene.

A pursuit ensued on Highway 53 and ended when the vehicle went off-road right into the ditch and got stuck.

Two of three suspects were arrested without incident, the other fled on foot.

 Police Dog Services was called to assist but were unable to locate the outstanding suspect.

During this time period a vehicle was stolen from a neighbouring property by the third suspect.

Just before midnight, Ponoka RCMP attended a single vehicle crash on Highway 2A north of Ponoka.

That is where the third suspect was arrested but not before an RCMP officer was assaulted.

Justice Rain, 18, Maskwacis is facing 11 Criminal Code charges including robbery with a firearm, flight from police, and possession of stolen property.

Jerral Rabbit, 18, of Maskwacis is facing 8 Criminal Code charges including pointing a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and flight from police.

A 16-year old boy, who cannot be named due to his age, is facing a total of 23 charges including robbery with a firearm, flight from police, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and possession of property obtained by crime.

(Gary McKinnon)

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