COLD LAKE - Six people have been arrested, bear mace, and a loaded semi-automatic rifle were located by RCMP Lakeland Crime Reduction Unit (LCRU).
Officers attended a residence in Cold Lake First Nations on April 14 in an attempt to locate and apprehend a suspect wanted on outstanding warrants.
When police arrived at the property, they found two occupied pickup trucks. One of the trucks fled the scene through a trail system in a nearby wooded area. RCMP approached the second vehicle and spoke with the occupants. Further investigation revealed one of the people in the vehicle was wanted on outstanding warrants.
In the truck, police found a can of bear mace, a set of imitation brass knuckles, and a loaded semi-automatic rifle.
All four occupants of the vehicle were arrested without further incident.
The vehicle that had fled from officers was later found abandoned on the trail. RCMP determined the truck had been stolen from the Lloydminster area.
A fifth suspect was arrested and determined to have been an occupant of the vehicle. The final suspect, who police believe had been the driver of the stolen truck.
While searching for the sixth suspect, officers found another pickup truck as well as an enclosed cargo trailer with tampered vehicle identification numbers. With assistance from the RCMP's K Division Auto Theft Unit North, police were able to confirm both the truck and trailer were stolen from the Cold Lake area. The value of the items recovered was estimated at roughly $40,000.
A few days later, on April 19, officers from LCRU and Cold Lake RCMP located and arrested the final suspect after executing a warrant in Cold Lake First Nations.Cold Lake resident Terry Jack Janvier, 45, has been charged with three counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.
Trinity Trottier, 21, Harley Moyah, 21, and Sara McGillis, 22, all from Fishing Lake, as well as Bobby Jo Pasqua, 28 of Frog Lake, were jointly charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, two counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and careless use of a firearm.
Trottier is also facing charges of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, obstruction, and three counts of failing to comply with release order conditions.Moyah has been independently charged with two counts of failing to comply with a release order, failing to comply with probation conditions, and failing to comply with firearms prohibition.
Cold Lake resident Cheryl Joy Simonar, 28, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and resisting arrest.
Janvier, Moyah, McGillis and Pasqua were released by a Justice of the Peace on no cash release orders with conditions.
Trottier was also released by a Justice of the Peace on a $350 release with conditions.
Janvier, Trottier, Moyah, McGillis and Pasqua are scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on May 19, 2021.
Simonar was released by RCMP on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on June 9.