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Three people are facing a total of 47 charges in connection to a carjacking in Lloydminster on July 29th.
Onion Lake RCMP were called to shots fired resulting in a man being injured at around 5 p.m. on July 29th. Suspects fled and the man was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
RCMP found the vehicle and the pursuit was called off for safety. Lloydminster RCMP set up a road block on Highway 17 after the vehicle was reported in the area, but were unable to find the vehicle.
At about 6 p.m., Lloydminster RCMP were called to a crash on 46 Avenue involving the suspect vehicle and another vehicle. Mounties say two suspects allegedly drew a gun and tried to steal a truck, but then fled on foot. A few minutes later, RCMP say the suspects tried to carjack another vehicle and one shot was fired at the person inside. The victim was able to drive away to safety.
The two then assaulted another person and stole a truck. The truck was found east of Lloydminster and police started to pursue. The pursuit was called off due to public safety when the truck veered into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes on Highway 16.
Maidstone RCMP then received a report of another truck being stolen near Highway 16 and Highway junction 303 at around 6:50 p.m. The truck was recovered in Lloydminster and the female suspect was arrested.
Maidstone RCMP then received another report of a truck being stolen by two men in a rural area near Hillmond. The men then fled before police arrived, but they were found and arrested while walking on a nearby road.
Twenty-four-year-old Lucas Aaron Oakes of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation and 33-year-old Jesse Leigh Heathen of Lloydminster, Alberta, were jointly charged with 14 Criminal Code offences.
They include theft of truck, robbery using a firearm, discharge of a firearm, flight from police, assault and uttering threats.
Heathen was charged with seven additional offences.
Oakes was charged with 15 additional offences along with seven offences from the Onion Lake shooting.
Twenty-one-year-old Montana Horse of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation was charged with possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of failing to comply. She was also wanted by police at the time of her arrest.
The three will be appearing in North Battleford Provincial Court on August 4th.
“Collaboration between RCMP across provinces was key in bringing this to a successful resolution,” says Inspector Lee Brachmann, Lloydminster RCMP Detachment Commander. “Several detachments and units including RCMP General Investigative Sections, Police Dog Services and Forensic Identification Services were involved.”