Edmonton TRAP team interrupts crimes in progress; police continue to target stolen vehicles

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service’s Tactical Response to Auto-theft Prevention (TRAP) team laid several charges this week after its members intervened in two serious incidents.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the TRAP team responded to the area of 84 Avenue and 108 Street after receiving information that both Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) staff were allegedly threatened by a male and female in a Ford Edge, brandishing a handgun.

Upon further investigation, officers determined the Ford Edge in question was stolen. A short time later, the TRAP team located the stolen vehicle in the area of 83 Street and 88 Avenue unoccupied. Officers then observed a male and female enter the stolen Ford Edge and conducted an arrest.

Tarren Carifelle, 22, is charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of stolen property over $5,000, disqualified driving, dangerous driving and multiple breaches.

A female youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), was also charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

The following day, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the TRAP team intercepted another crime in progress.

A Ford Escape, which had been reported stolen earlier in the week, was witnessed in the area of 95 Street and 114 Avenue allegedly occupied by two males. Shortly thereafter, officers received information that the Ford Escape attended an address in the area of 110 Avenue and 95 Street, where the two male suspects entered a residence.

As police were preparing to approach the residence and conduct arrests, a male was observed leaving the residence carrying various pieces of property. Officers approached the male and arrested him without incident. A landscaping saw was found to be concealed in the male’s pant leg.

A second male suspect was arrested moments later after attempting to evade police by breaking into a basement suite. He was found to be in possession of an edged weapon.

Following the arrest of both males, a tenant of the property emerged from the residence, bound with an extension cord. It was then determined that the two male suspects had been involved in a home invasion and personal robbery at the residence. The male tenant sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of this incident.

Police do not believe the two suspects and resident were known to one another.

Lawrence Okeymow, 28, is charged with unlawful confinement, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and multiple breaches.

Lawrence Quinney, 26, is charged with assault, possession of stolen property over $5,000, personal robbery, unlawful confinement, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and mischief under $5,000.

The TRAP team is a specialized unit which specifically addresses city-wide theft of motor vehicles, thereby focusing on the reduction of crime and victimization, while increasing public safety.

Anyone with information about a stolen vehicle or any other crime is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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