Social media encounter leads to Ponoka RCMP laying robbery, kidnapping charges

Slave Lake victim was lured to Central Alberta, then robbed

Amber Loretta Knickle is wanted by Ponoka RCMP in connection to a robbery and kidnapping. (Contributed photo).

Amber Loretta Knickle is wanted by Ponoka RCMP in connection to a robbery and kidnapping. (Contributed photo).

Ponoka police have charged three people with kidnapping, assault and robbery after a social media meeting went badly wrong.

Charges were laid against two males and a female following a 911 complaint of a kidnapping, beating and robbery on Sept. 7.

According to police, the 22-year-old male victim from Slave Lake met a female online. After almost a year of communication, he agreed to meet her in Ponoka.

The two got into a vehicle that was later determined to be stolen. The victim alleged that he was assaulted by two males while in the vehicle, and one of them had a gun.

The victim was later driven to several banks, where he was forced to make withdrawals from his accounts.

The victim’s truck and cellphone was stolen, and he was eventually dropped off in Blackfalds.

Ponoka RCMP collaborated with Red Deer and Blackfalds police to co-ordinate the investigation.

Three suspects were charged earlier this week: Amber Loretta Knickle, 21, Jared Michael Mcleod, 26, and Chasetin Jon Arthur Morin, 25.

The two males were located and arrested by police on Thursday after an occupied stolen vehicle was found in Gasoline Alley.

RCMP recovered an imitation firearm, a loaded shotgun, ammunition, methamphetamine, and more than 60 pieces of miscellaneous stolen identity documents.

More charges are pending against the two male suspects.

Police are still seeking Knickle, who is described as a Caucasian female, five foot three, 119 pounds with blondish brown hair and green eyes. She has a tattoo on one of her fingers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472.

Ponoka RCMP

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