Two women charged with carjacking and assault

Sylvan Lake RCMP continue to investigate

Two women have been charged in connection with a carjacking and assault that allegedly happened Wednesday near Eckville.

Sylvan Lake RCMP said at 8:48 a.m., officers responded to a complaint that two females, believed to be intoxicated, were in a ditch.

They were allegedly dropped off by a male driving a pickup truck, which had driven through a fence.

Citizens in the area were taking steps to identify and detain the females.

The pickup truck was found abandoned and on fire in a nearby field. RCMP said the pickup truck had been stolen out of the Rocky Mountain House area. Two prohibited firearms were located, abandoned in the area.

Sylvan Lake RCMP received a further update that a female property owner had been assaulted and had her SUV stolen.

A short time later, the SUV was seen travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Highway 11. The SUV entered Red Deer and was involved in a collision, striking two vehicles at 51st Avenue and 48th Street.

The vehicle continued driving northbound in the southbound lanes of 51st Avenue, then turned west on 59th Avenue.

Travelling into oncoming traffic, the vehicle struck a van. Two female occupants jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to steal the van. At that point, police detained and arrested both females.

A second vehicle, a stolen grey 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, remains missing. The RCMP believe the male who dropped off the suspect females stole the Silverado from an area property.

Chelsea Crowley, 27, and Brianna Crookedlegs, 20, were each charged with two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of possession of a weapon without holding a licence, two counts of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and one count of robbery.

Crowley faces an additional five counts of breach of recognizance. Both women are scheduled for a bail hearing Monday.

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