A carjacking on Aug. 8 led the police into a brief pursuit, and the apprehension of one of the suspects.
At 12:02 a.m., Ponoka RCMP responded to a 911 call that unknown suspects had just stolen a car from four people who were getting gas.
While stopped to get gas, another car was at the station and two males exited that car. One of the suspects presented what was believed to be a shotgun and demanded the victim’s car. Before driving away, the suspect hit one of the victims, causing minor injury.
The two male suspects in the stolen car fled towards Maskwacis, according to the RCMP news release. The original car that the suspects arrived in also left the gas station, northbound on Hwy. 2A.
At approximately 1 a.m., Maskwacis RCMP located the stolen vehicle which failed to stop for the RCMP. A brief pursuit ensued and the vehicle lost control and crashed in the ditch at the corner of Bobtail Road and Hwy. 2A.
One male was immediately arrested, and the second male fled on foot on the train tracks. Police Dog Services was deployed, however, he was not located.
Ray Wyles Buffalo (24) of Maskwacis is charged with robbery with a firearm, flight from police, unauthorized possession of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
Buffalo has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Ponoka Provincial Court on Sept. 18.
The investigation into the identities of the other people involved in this incident continues.
Ponoka RCMP is asking that anyone with any information about this incident, please contact the RCMP at 403-783-4472. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
– Submitted by Ponoka RCMP