A 27-year-old man from Lutes Mountain, N.B., has been charged 16 offences in connection with a series of incidents in Moncton on December 6 and 7, 2019.
Joshua Thomas Rossiter appeared in Moncton Provincial Court on December 10 and was charged with the following offences:
- assaulting a peace officer with a weapon
- flight from a peace officer
- obstructing a peace officer
- dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- attempted robbery
- driving while suspended (four counts)
- driving while prohibited (four counts)
- mischief over $5,000
He has been remanded into custody, pending a bail hearing on January 7, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.
During the overnight hours of December 6 to December 7, the Codiac RCMP responded to two reports of robberies outside bank branches on Mountain Road and Trinity Drive, as well as a report of a theft of gas from a service station on Mountain Road.
At 3:30 a.m., police responded to a report from a business on Mountain Road of a person who appeared to be sleeping in a car that matched the description of the one involved in the previous incidents. When police attempted to arrest the driver, he resisted and drove his car into several parked vehicles, including four RCMP vehicles. The man drove the car towards police officers, and a member of the RCMP discharged their firearm towards the suspect's vehicle, which then fled the scene.
The man was arrested after driving into a ditch near Horsman Road and Berry Mills Road. He was treated in hospital for a minor gunshot injury. No police officers were seriously hurt.
As a matter of standard practice in these types of incidents, the New Brunswick RCMP has requested the services of an independent agency to review police actions. The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) of Manitoba, a civilian oversight agency, has been engaged by the New Brunswick RCMP to conduct a review of this incident.
"We know there is a public interest in ensuring police actions are appropriate and conform to policing standards," says Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh. "In the spirit of transparency and accountability, the New Brunswick RCMP proactively requests an independent agency to review serious incidents involving interactions with RCMP police officers."
The IIU is requesting witnesses or any individuals who may have information or video footage that could assist their investigation to contact it toll-free at 1-844-667-6060.
The police investigation into the incidents on December 6 and 7 is continuing.