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Leduc RCMP arrest male in rural car jacking

Police have arrested a 36-year-old male of Millet, Alta.
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Leduc RCMP have arrested a male following a car-jacking near Township Road 494 and Range Road 265 in Leduc County, Alta.

On Aug. 12, 2021 at approximately 1:40 a.m., Leduc RCMP were alerted to a car-jacking involving a knife in a rural area east of Calmar, Alta.

An unknown male drove onto a rural property where he abandoned a vehicle suspected to be stolen. The suspect approached a resident of the property, brandished a knife and demanded a ride.

The resident refused, quickly got into his vehicle and called 911. The resident was not injured.

The suspect then fled on foot to a nearby business where he brandished a knife, assaulted two employees and demanded keys to a vehicle. The suspect grabbed keys and fled in a stolen truck.

Employees from the business called 911 and informed officers of the direction the suspect took off in and the description of the stolen vehicle. The victims were not seriously injured.

Leduc RCMP with the assistance of Thorsby RCMP, Wetaskiwin RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Services, RCMP Air Services, Central Alberta District RCMO Crime Reduction Unit and Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol began making patrols.

Shortly after patrols began, the suspect was located and police attempted to pull them over in the stolen vehicle, at which point the suspect fled. RCMP initiated a pursuit that ended a short time later for public safety.

While officers were making patrols in an effort to locate the suspect vehicle, they received a complaint that a vehicle matching the description of the one they were looking for had side swiped another vehicle on Highway 2 south of Township 490.

The suspect vehicle was located near Township Road 470 and Range Road 281 where the vehicle came to a stop in the ditch.

Police arrested a 36-year-old male of Millet, Alta., without incident.

Through the investigation RCMP determined that the vehicle abandoned by the suspect was stolen out of Edmonton, Alta.

An update will be provided once charges are laid and a judicial hearing is complete.

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