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Threats at gunpoint may have stemmed from mistaken identity

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February 06, 2014 - 5:02 PM

MERRITT - A Merritt man got a scare Monday night when masked men in a Lincoln Navigator overtook him and threatened him at gunpoint.

The man was leaving a friend's house on Voght Street around 8:50 p.m. and called police when he became uneasy after noticing a vehicle running, parked on the road nearby. 

The black Lincoln Navigator pulled up alongside the man's vehicle and that's when he saw someone in the backseat wearing a balaclava pointing a shotgun at him. The man with the shotgun hollered threats and obscenities at the victim who slammed on the brakes, threw his car into reverse and drove home. The victim told police the Navigator didn't appear to be following him once he turned around.

The victim provided Mounties with a detailed description of the suspect vehicle that was known to members. Merritt RCMP located it at 9:20 p.m. near Nicola and Houston Street where it was stopped and three men were arrested without incident. Police say incident appears to be a case of mistaken identity.

The three suspects appeared before a judge February 4.

Charged with assault with a weapon are Edward Soviak, 24, of Coquitlam, Mark Kraljevic, 24 of Surrey and Merritt and Tyler Grieve, 27, of Coquitlam and Merritt. They have been released on a promise to appear in court in Merritt, March 8.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call 250-819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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