Ve­hi­cle found burned, car­jack­ing sus­pects flee to Saskatchewan

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - JU­RIS GRANEY jgraney@post­media.com twit­ter.com/ju­ris­graney

Sus­pects in­volved in two car­jack­ings in Ed­mon­ton and Sher­wood Park early Thurs­day fled across the bor­der to Saskatchewan, po­lice say.

Around 11:45 p.m. Wed­nes­day, city po­lice re­sponded to a car­jack­ing in the area of 118 Av­enue and 104 Street in which a woman’s black Ford Fu­sion was stolen.

Less than 10 min­utes later, a ve­hi­cle match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the Ford Fu­sion was in­volved in a rob­bery of an­other woman around 11:55 p.m. in the area of 106 Av­enue and 92 Street, po­lice said in a Thurs­day af­ter­noon re­lease.

Ed­mon­ton po­lice alerted Strath­cona RCMP of the car­jack­ing and the rob­bery in­volv­ing the stolen ve­hi­cle around 12:30 a.m. Thurs­day and at the same time a man sus­tained non-life threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter be­ing shot in the shoul­der and neck at a Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press on Broad­moor Av­enue in Sher­wood Park.

The shoot­ing vic­tim was trans­ported to the Royal Alexandra Hos­pi­tal where he was treated for his in­juries.

Five min­utes later, the stolen Ford Fu­sion was in­volved in an­other car­jack­ing with a shot­gun at the Fly­ing J gas sta­tion in Strath­cona County, where a black Chrysler 300 with Saskatchewan li­cence plates was stolen.

The stolen Ford Fu­sion and the stolen Chrysler 300 then fled the gas sta­tion and headed to­ward the Al­berta-Saskatchewan bor­der.

A black Ford Fu­sion was later found en­gulfed in flames on High­way 16 at Range Road 195. Po­lice have not con­firmed if the burned ve­hi­cle is the same one used in the car­jack­ing.

The Chrysler 300 was later seen trav­el­ling at a high rate of speed through the Ve­gre­ville area be­fore be­ing lo­cated in Saskatchewan. It is be­lieved the oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle — said to be armed and dan­ger­ous — are now in Saskatchewan and are still at large.

The sus­pects could be in the Maid­stone, Sask., de­tach­ment area, po­lice say.

One man was taken into cus­tody Thurs­day morn­ing in con­nec­tion with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, al­though no charges were im­me­di­ately laid, RCMP said.

The search for a sec­ond man — de­scribed as about five-foot-nine and be­lieved to be trav­el­ling on foot — was con­tin­u­ing.

Of­fi­cers were plan­ning to search farm­yards and acreages in ru­ral Saskatchewan ar­eas near Payn­ton and Maid­stone as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, RCMP said.

Ed­mon­ton, Ve­gre­ville and Maid­stone are con­nected by High­way 16. Maid­stone is ap­prox­i­mately 205 kilo­me­tres east of Ve­gre­ville, and around 55 kilo­me­tres east of the Saskatchewan-Al­berta bor­der.

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