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RCMP nab trio of suspects after crime spree from Calgary through Kamloops to Hope

May 21, 2020 - 5:07 PM

Police have arrested three suspects following a crime spree that stretched from Calgary through Kamloops to Hope this past long weekend.

It all started just before 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17, with a car-jacking and robbery in Calgary, according to an RCMP media release. During the heist, a man and woman allegedly assaulted the driver and stole his vehicle.

A shoplifting complaint at a Kamloops gas station 12 hours later had police on the trial of the suspects, which had now grown to two men and a woman. They were associated to a vehicle matching the description and licence plate as one stolen in Calgary the night before.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly failed to stop for RCMP and fled towards Merritt.

Merritt RCMP were unsuccessful in their attempts to stop the vehicle as it headed south on Highway 5 and requested assistance from Hope RCMP.

The suspect vehicle crossed a spike belt deployed by Hope RCMP, but continued onto Highway 1 with two deflated tires.

The female passenger jumped out of the vehicle when it slowed to make a U-turn and was arrested. The two male passengers were arrested when they hit another spike belt at Hunter Creek Bridge.

"We are working closely with the Calgary Police Service to help advance the robbery investigation in Alberta along with the flight from police, shoplifting and possession of stolen goods investigations here in British Columbia," B.C. RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said in the release.

"This type of file really demonstrates that crime has no borders but with the interoperability of police agencies, even across provinces, neither do police."

Jose Alejandro Sandoval-Barillas, a 29-year old Calgary man, has been charged with one count each of robbery and flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and possession of identity documents.

Kisha Rose Ann Chickness, a 23-year-old Calgary woman, has been charged with one count each of robbery and possession of stolen property and four counts of failing to comply with a release order.

A 29-year-old man has been released from custody without charge.

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