UPDATE: RCMP Major Crimes North lay charges in fatal pedestrian hit & run

Thorsby, Alberta – The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have made an arrest and laid charges against 27-year-old Mitchell Robert Sydlowski of Spruce Grove in the death of Ki Yun Jo.

On October 6, 2017 a hit and run occurred at the Fas Gas service station resulting in the death of 54-year-old Ki Yun Jo. A stolen white cube van was seen to flee the Fas Gas after not paying for gas. The owner of the service station, Ki Yun Jo, made efforts to stop the van and was fatally injured when he was struck by the van.

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit (North) took carriage of this investigation and have been diligently investigating, including following up on all possible leads. This incident was witnessed by several people and impacted the community. On May 25, Sydlowski was arrested by the RCMP at the Edmonton Remand Centre. He has been charged with: Second degree murder, fail to remain at the scene of an accident causing death, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and theft under $5,000. A bail hearing was held on May 26 and the matter has been set over to Tuesday, May 29 at the Provincial court in Wetaskiwin.

“An investigation into a homicide remains active until it’s solved” says Sergeant Bryce Long of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit. “Our team has worked hard on this investigation, and seeing these charges laid brings a great sense of closure not only to the Major Crimes Unit, but to the community at large and particularly the family of Ki Yun Jo.”

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UPDATE #4

October 16, 2017

Thorsby/Breton RCMP locate suspect cube van involved in fatal pedestrian hit & run

Thorsby, Alberta – The stolen white Ford cube van, involved in a fatal pedestrian hit & run in Thorsby, has been located by the RCMP, abandoned, in a rural area southwest of Devon. The van was recovered near Range Road 275 and Township Road 502.

The RCMP Edmonton Major Crimes Unit continue to solicit tips from anyone who may have noted someone suspicious in that area on October 6, 2017. Any piece of information may become valuable in assisting to identify the suspect and solve this investigation.

The RCMP are requesting that anyone with information please call the Thorsby/Breton RCMP at 780-789-3951.

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October 8, 2017

*Update 3* – Thorsby/Bretton RCMP Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run

Thorsby, Alberta – The RCMP continue to investigate the fatal hit and run collision occurring on October 6, 2017 at a Fas Gas service station in Thorsby, Alberta. Extensive efforts have been made to locate the white 2006 Ford cube van; however, the suspect vehicle has yet to be located.

Mr. Ki Yun Jo has been identified as the victim in this incident. The 54 year old was the owner/operator of the service station. Investigators and family are reaching out to the public for information which may help identify suspects or locate the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle in this case was stolen from Spruce Grove on October 6, 2017 at approximately 2:00 p.m. before driving to Thorsby. If anyone observed the suspect vehicle in Spruce Grove during this time they are encouraged to please call the Thorsby/Breton RCMP at (780)789-3951.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

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October 6, 2017

*Update 2* Thorsby/Breton RCMP Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run

Thorsby, Alberta – Investigators are releasing a photograph of a suspect vehicle believed to have been involved in a fatal hit and run in Thorsby earlier today.

The suspect vehicle is described as being a medium sized white commercial vehicle cube van with unique decaling on the side. The vehicle is believed to have been stolen.

If you have information about this incident or vehicle, please call the Thorsby/Breton RCMP at (780)789-3951.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at

BACKGROUND

October 6, 2017

*Update 1* Thorsby/Breton RCMP Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run

Thorsby, Alberta – The Next of Kin of the victim have been notified and more information may now be shared.
At 3:45 p.m., a medium sized commercial vehicle failed to pay for its gas at the Fas Gas service station in Thorsby. As the vehicle drove away an employee of the gas station attempted to stop or gain the attention of the driver. The employee was subsequently struck by the vehicle and the vehicle fled the scene.

The 54 year old victim succumbed to his injuries on scene.

Efforts to locate the suspect vehicle are underway. Further information regarding the vehicle will be released once confirmed.

October 6, 2017

Thorsby/Breton RCMP Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Hit and

Thorsby, Alberta – The Thorsby/Breton RCMP are currently on scene of a fatal hit and run collision involving a pedestrian. The collision occurred at approximately 3:45 P.M. near the Thorsby Fas Gas. A medium sized commercial vehicle was seen leaving the collision and has yet to be located.

The next of kin has not been notified and investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision continues.

Details regarding the suspect vehicle will be forthcoming as soon as details are known.

Thorsby/Breton RCMP



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