One man arrested, second suspect sought after Edmonton-area carjackings
A heavy police presence was in place in Maidstone on Thursday as RCMP made one arrest and continued searching in and around the community for another man, believed to be armed and dangerous, after two overnight carjackings and a shooting in the Edmonton region that left one person in hospital.
RCMP in Strathcona County, Alta., said they got word from Edmonton police around 12:30 a.m. about a black Ford Fusion that had been involved in an armed carjacking in the city. Around the same time, Mounties learned shots had been fired at a hotel in nearby Sherwood Park that resulted in a male being sent to hospital with neck and shoulder wounds. Minutes later, the Fusion was involved in another carjacking with a shotgun at a gas station, where a black Chrysler 300 bearing a Saskatchewan licence plate was stolen.
One of the vehicles was later found in flames on Highway 16 east of Edmonton and the other was found in Saskatchewan.
The Chrysler 300 was seen speeding through the Vegreville area and was later discovered in Saskatchewan. RCMP on Thursday morning said police were in Maidstone as part of “an ongoing and fluid investigation.”
RCMP said they were “asking people to report and not approach any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons in the Maidstone area to police immediately.”
One man was taken into custody Thursday in connection with the investigation, though no charges were immediately laid, RCMP said.
The search for a second man — described as around five-foot-nine and believed to be travelling on foot — was continuing. Postmedia News
With files from The Canadian Press