On October 25, 2019, at approximately 8:10 pm, Amaranth RCMP received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a dangerous driver on Highway 16 near Highway 50.
The caller advised that she was driving west on Highway 16 when she noticed an eastbound vehicle driving dangerously and swerving all over the road. The caller pulled onto the shoulder to avoid the vehicle, however, the eastbound vehicle continued towards her, which forced her to drive into the ditch.
The suspect vehicle then drove to a residence along Highway 16. The driver of the vehicle exited and approached the homeowner, pointed a firearm in his direction, and stole his truck. The suspect then drove the stolen truck into a ditch, got stuck, at which time the driver and passenger fled on foot.
Amaranth RCMP, who were en route to the erratic driver call, as well as Police Dog Services immediately attended the scene of the armed vehicle theft and successfully tracked down the driver and passenger. Both were arrested, and after further investigation, it was determined that the female passenger was a victim of assault and kidnapping. She was known to the driver.
The driver, a 31-year-old male, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping, Robbery with a Firearm, Breaking and Entering, Forcible Confinement, Assault x2, Uttering Threats x2, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Theft, and Mischief. He has been remanded into custody.
RCMP continue to investigate.