A rural family survived a property invasion near Eckville on Wednesday. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Property invasion near Eckville leaves victim with black eye

Victim beaten and threatened

An Eckville-area family is recovering from a property invasion allegedly connected to a string of vehicle collisions in Red Deer on Wednesday.

A source told The Advocate that at about 8:30 a.m., an SUV was stolen from the rural residential property after one of the family members was beaten by two females armed with two guns.

The beating left the victim with black eyes, a swollen face and other bruises.

The source said the females, along with two males, initially came onto the property in a truck. The females headed toward the house with their weapons.

At one point, they threatened to shoot the family member that they beat up with a shotgun.

By the time the females stole the SUV, the males had already been scared off and drove the truck they were in through a fence.

The suspects were allegedly the same females RCMP arrested later Wednesday after a brief police chase in Red Deer that involved several collisions.

Police reported that a stolen SUV was observed after being driven erratically on Highway 2. The SUV collided with other vehicles and travelled into oncoming traffic, where it struck a van.

Police said the two female occupants jumped out and attempted to steal the van. Police managed to stop the theft and arrest both women.

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