Nanaimo RCMP. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo RCMP. (News Bulletin file photo)

Driver who offered man a lift near Mirror stabbed and has truck stolen

A 28-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder

A 28-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a driver who had stopped to give him a lift on a road near Mirror.

Bashaw RCMP responded to a 911 call of a stabbing shortly after 1 p.m. last Saturday in Lacombe County in the Highway 50 area.

“Preliminary investigation has determined that the victim was driving his vehicle when he stopped and offered a ride to a pedestrian. While in the vehicle the male suspect allegedly stabbed the victim, forced him out of the vehicle and fled the scene in the victim’s truck,” said RCMP in a news release.

“The victim walked to a nearby residence where they sought help and police were contacted.”

The 59-year-old driver, of no fixed address, was taken to a local area hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. He remains in hospital.

A short time later, Blackfalds RCMP located the victim’s truck near Highway 12 and Township Road 255, just outside of Lacombe, and arrested a suspect.

A 28-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The suspect remains in custody and is due in Red Deer provincial court on Dec. 14.

Bashaw RCMP, with the assistance of Red Deer General Investigation Section, Edmonton General Investigation Section, Central Alberta District General Investigation Section and the RCMP Forensic Identification Services, continues to investigate.

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