Collaboration between multiple RCMP Detachments across Alberta and Saskatchewan have resulted in an arrest of three accused and 47 charges being laid.
On July 29, 2020 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Onion Lake RCMP responded to report of a male victim being injured by use of a firearm. The suspects then fled the area in a vehicle. The victim was transported to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle was located near Lloydminster but the pursuit was called off for safety.
At approximately 6:00 p.m., while patrolling for the vehicle, Lloydminster RCMP received a report that the suspect vehicle collided with another vehicle on 46 Avenue in Lloydminster. It is alleged two of the suspects brandishing a firearm attempted to steal a truck but then fled on foot in the area. A few minutes after the report of the collision, the armed suspects attempted another carjacking which resulted in two shots being fired at a victim while they were in their car before being able to drive away to safety.
The two suspects then assaulted another victim and stole their truck. The truck was located east of Lloydminster by responding officers a pursuit was initiated but terminated due to public safety as it veered into westbound lanes on Highway 16 into oncoming traffic.
At approximately 6:50 p.m., Maidstone RCMP received a report of another truck being stolen near Highway 16 and Highway junction 303 which was later recovered back in Lloydminster. A female suspect was arrested in the area.
At 7:30 p.m., Maidstone RCMP received a report that a truck that was carrying two males was stuck near Hillmond, SK. The males fled the area before police arrived but were located and arrested while walking on a road nearby.
Lucas Aaron Oakes (24) of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, SK and Jesse Leigh Heathen (33) of Lloydminster, Alta., were jointly charged with 14 Criminal Code offences, some of which include:
- Theft of truck
- Robbery using a firearm
- Discharge of a firearm
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Uttering threats
- Flight from police
Heathen was individually charged with seven additional offences.
Oakes was individually charged with 15 additional offences along with seven offences from the Onion Lake shooting.
Horse (21) of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, SK was charged with possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a controlled substance, fail to comply (x2). She was also wanted by police at the time of her arrest.
The three accused appeared for a judicial hearing and will be appearing in North Battleford Provincial Court on Aug. 4, 2020.
As this matter is now before the courts not further information is available.