Keen Eye by the Public Helps Nab Suspects Wanted in Car jacking

Sundre, Alberta – On May 15, 2019, RCMP Sundre received a complaint of several suspicious persons at a business in Sundre. Police attended and located a vehicle backed into a stall with three individuals milling around. Two males and a female provided false names to police officers but the police were able to determine the true identities of the three individuals. The two males were wanted in connection to a car jacking in Drayton Valley that occurred a few days prior and the female had numerous arrest warrants out of various jurisdictions. All three were arrested for their outstanding warrants which included robbery, weapons offences and fraud. A search of the vehicle yielded illegal drugs and weapons and the vehicle was seized. All three were charged with a variety of criminal offences by the Sundre RCMP and brought before a Justice of the Peace where they were remanded into custody to speak to their allegations in Didsbury Provincial Court.

Braidon Ophus (23) from Calgary, Alberta

1. Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon;

2. Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose;

3. Cocaine Possession;

4. Obstruction;

5. Failure to Comply with Condition of a Recognizance x 6

6. Breach of Weapons Prohibition x 2

7. Operate Uninsured Motor Vehicle;

8. Misuse of Licence Plate

Kiara Num (19) from Red Deer, Alberta

1. Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon;

2. Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose;

3. Cocaine Possession;

4. Obstruction;

5. Failure to Comply with a Condition of a Recognizance x 3.

Shawn Freake (24) from Drayton Valley, Alberta

1. Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon;

2. Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose;

3. Cocaine Possession;

4. Obstruction.

“The assistance from the public was key in nabbing these three individuals. We located numerous items in the vehicle that we believe are stolen and are attempting to follow up with the possible owners so there may be further charges related to possession of stolen property to come for these three.” Cpl Joe Mandel – Sundre RCMP

File: 2019673063

Sundre RCMP



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