When a stolen truck male suspect starting smashing into an RCMP police cruiser as he tried to flee, two citizens used their vehicles to box the truck in at a Red Deer shopping centre on Monday morning.
Red Deer RCMP said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspect was driving a black Ford Ranger that had been reported stolen out of Springbrook on Sunday. When police approached him at the East Hill Shopping Centre, the driver backed into the police car several times in an attempt to flee the scene.
The drivers of two civilian trucks assisted police by successfully boxing in the suspect vehicle. Their trucks were also struck and suffered minor damage.
The man driving the stolen truck and a woman passenger then fled the scene on foot. The man was tracked by Police Dog Services while more police officers contained the area and temporarily closed Inglewood Drive to traffic. The police dog quickly located the suspect hiding in a residential yard in Inglewood and took him into custody without further incident.
Red Deer RCMP have charged the 23-year-old man with multiple offences, including assault on a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resisting a peace officer and possession of stolen property under $5,000. He was remanded in custody.
RCMP have identified the female suspect, and the investigation continues.
RCMP said are grateful for the commitment by citizens in attempting to assist police in apprehending a suspect, and thank them, but urge the public not to put themselves in harm’s way by engaging with any suspect whose actions indicate a willingness to use force to escape police.