Terrace RCMP are searching for two armed suspects after a car-jacking in Thornhill Jan. 25. (RCMP photos)

RCMP on man-hunt for two armed suspects in northwest B.C.

Terrace RCMP and Forensic Identification Unit is investigating after truck was stolen at gunpoint

RCMP are on a man-hunt for two armed car-jacking suspects in northwest B.C.

Terrace RCMP located the truck stolen during an armed robbery in Thornhill on Jan. 25. It has been seized and will be examined by Terrace’s Forensic Identification Unit.

No suspects are in custody, and the investigation is ongoing.

The incident occurred at 6:10 p.m. on Jan. 24 when the victim was sitting in his truck on Desjardines Avenue near the Thornhill tennis courts where a man appeared and pointed a gun at him through the window.

“He told him, ‘I’m going to shoot you if you don’t stay in your truck,’” says the victim’s wife. “They were going to hijack the truck with him in it.”

Both the victim and his wife asked to remain anonymous out of concern for their safety.

The man ignored the threat and pushed the door to the vehicle open. He was then struck over the head by the suspect and robbed of his wallet. The attacker and a second suspect then stole his truck.

The victim was taken to hospital for his injuries and released the next day. His wife says the ordeal has been a “nightmare.”

“We raise our three kids and we’re very laidback people,” she says. “I’m scared… I’m scared to go home. Because they have his wallet, they have our address. I have to protect my children, but I’m thankful. I think he did the right thing.”

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Prior to the attack an armed man tried to enter a residence nearby on Hagen Street, but it’s unknown at this time if the two incidents are related.

“Officers are working to get to the bottom of this and find those responsible,” said Inspector Jayson Lucash in a press release.

“Terrace is a still a small, tight-knit community. Historically, this kind of activity, an armed robbery of a vehicle, is rare. We’re asking residents to be diligent in their neighbourhoods. If you see a vehicle that looks suspicious, if unusual activity starts creeping up, call police.”

The victim’s wife says the family is relieved that the stolen truck has been located. Victim services is providing support to the family as they cope with the emotional impact of last night’s events, and she says the family appreciates the messages of love and support they’ve received from the community.

“It’s so hard to believe… I’ve lived here my whole life and used to walk the streets without a problem. Now you can’t leave your front door,” she says.

“The only thing that I want everybody to do is to please be safe, and be aware that this is happening. This is real, and we all need to be safe.”

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The first suspect is described as a male between the ages of 20-30 wearing a hoodie with a slim build and approximately six-feet in height.

The second suspect is also described as a heavier male wearing a hoodie.

The stolen vehicle is described as a blue-grey 2013 Dodge 1500 pick up truck.

Prior to the incident, a white vehicle was observed in the area.

The suspect in the attempted home invasion is described as a white man, early to mid-20s, wearing a black Helly Hansen jacket, jeans, and ball cap.

If you have information about these crimes, contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca.


 


brittany@terracestandard.com

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