Calgary, AB,

Charges laid in weekend carjackings

The Calgary Police Service has laid charges in three separate carjackings that occurred on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Incident #1 - Edgemont

On Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at approximately 4:40 a.m., a man was sitting in his truck, a blue Toyota Tacoma, which was parked in a parking lot located in the 5100 block of Country Hills Boulevard N.W. Two males approached the driver’s side of his vehicle, produced a handgun and ordered the man to exit his vehicle. The man obliged and the suspects entered his vehicle.

The suspects left the scene and were driving erratically throughout the northwest, at times going into oncoming traffic. CPS attempted to stop the vehicle at 14 Street and 5 Avenue N.W., at which time the vehicle rammed into the police vehicles and continued on.

The pursuit continued to the 1400 block of 14 Avenue N.W., where the vehicle was stopped. Two suspects, a father and his 17-year-old son, were taken into custody. The identities of the two offenders cannot be released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

A 46-year-old male has been charged with one count each of robbery with a restricted or prohibited firearm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police.

A 17-year-old male has been charged with one count each of robbery with a restricted or prohibited firearm, pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, unauthorized possession of firearm in a motor vehicle, possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm with ammunition, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, and possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been altered, defaced or removed.

Case #18008169/3086

Incident # 2 – 17 Avenue and 37 Street S.W.

On Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at approximately 12:50 p.m., a man entered a gas station located in the 3900 block of 17 Avenue S.W. Once inside, he began damaging property and assaulted two clerks. The man then left the gas station and began jumping in front of moving vehicles travelling through the intersection of 17 Avenue and 37 Street S.W. The clerks reported this incident to police.

The man then approached a 2010 Acura MDX in the 3500 block of 17 Avenue S.W. The driver attempted to maneuver around the offender, however he blocked the vehicle and forced his way into the front passenger seat of the vehicle. He instructed the victim to drive, yelling at her to disobey traffic laws. An observant witness in another vehicle saw this occurring and began to follow the victim’s vehicle to give directions to police.

A District 2 patrol officer was able to locate the vehicle in the 1300 block of 37 Street S.W., as it was approaching a red light on Bow Trail S.W. As the driver slowed for the light, the offender jumped out of the vehicle and began to flee on foot. The patrol officer pursued the suspect and a short struggle ensued before the offender was taken into custody.

Charles CLAIROUX, 23, of Red Deer, is charged with one count of robbery, two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of mischief – destroy or damage property, and one count of resisting arrest.

Case #18008615/3823

Incident # 3 – Sunridge

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, a man and a woman parked their 2010 silver Ford Edge in a parking lot located in the 3400 block of 26 Avenue N.E., and began walking into a business. As they were walking, an unknown suspect approached the man. The woman was already inside the business.

The suspect attempted to grab the man’s keys, which were located inside his pocket, resulting in a physical altercation. A bystander also became involved in the struggle to get the keys. The suspect eventually got the keys and entered the vehicle. As he was attempting to drive away in the stolen vehicle, he struck the female, who had exited the store. He also struck a nearby building before fleeing the scene.

The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries and has since been released. The man received minor injuries.

A short while later, witnesses reported the vehicle driving recklessly near Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road S.W. HAWCS located the vehicle near Highway 8 and Stone Pine Way S.W., where the male exited the vehicle and was arrested without incident.

Dylan Nathaniel ALTENHOFEN, 24, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, hit and run causing bodily harm, robbery and driving while disqualified, two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, and three counts each of hit and run and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Case #18008739/2968