On Oct. 1, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., a Lacombe County Peace Officer (CPO) came upon one pick-up truck attempting to pull another pick-up truck out of the ditch near Township Road 412 on Range Road 271 in Lacombe County, Alta.
The Lacombe County CPO was seated in the vehicle on scene when one of the pick-up trucks, driven by a 28-year-old male, rammed the front of the CPO’s vehicle before being driven away from the scene.
A civilian who witnessed this incident stopped to check on the CPO and exited their vehicle. The second suspect male, later identified as a 32-year-old male, stole the civilian’s vehicle, fleeing the location in it.
A short time later, the 28-year-old male returned to the location and drove towards the Lacombe County CPO who was outside standing on the road, forcing the CPO to take evasive action to avoid being hit. The 28-year-old male then fled the scene heading eastbound on Range Road 412.
Blackfalds RCMP were notified, a bulletin was issued to all law enforcement and resources from Blackfalds RCMP, Innisfail RCMP, Innisfail RCMP Traffic Services and additional neighbouring RCMP Detachments of Didsbury, Olds and Airdrie were deployed in search of the suspects.
Blackfalds RCMP General Investigation Section took over carriage of this investigation.
A number of sightings of the suspect vehicles occurred on Highway 11, and Highway 2, that included one of the vehicles being abandoned and a theft of a vehicle occurring in a rural area near Innisfail, Alta.
Innisfail RCMP GIS and Southern Alberta District RCMP Crime Reduction Unit established surveillance of the newly stolen vehicle. RCMP were able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device and disable the stolen vehicle. The individual involved in this incident was believed to have been the 28-year-old male. The newly stolen vehicle was abandoned and he attempted to steal another vehicle from a nearby rural property by breaking the glass, injuring himself in the process. The 28-year-old male, later identified as Jordan McConnell, was arrested by police and taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries related to the attempted theft of motor vehicle.
Jordan McConnell (28) of no fixed address is charged with:
· Assault with a weapon
· Possession of stolen property over $5,000
· Operate a conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public
· Operate a conveyance involved in an accident and fail to stop and offer assistance
Following a judicial hearing, Jordan McConnell was remanded in custody to speak to bail on Oct. 16, 2020, in Red Deer Provincial Court.
On Oct. 2, 2020, Edmonton Police Service (EPS) advised RCMP that the civilian’s stolen vehicle had been located and EPS Canine Unit had been successful in locating a 32-year-old male associated to the stolen vehicle. Blackfalds RCMP took custody of this male from EPS.
Further investigation comparing video footage of the Lacombe County CPO vehicle confirmed the identity of the subject taken into custody as believed to be the same individual involved in the Oct. 1, 2020, incident outlined above.
Jorge McConnell (32) of no fixed address is charged with:
· Theft of motor vehicle
· Possession of stolen property under $5,000
Following a judicial hearing, Jorge McConnell was remanded in custody to speak to bail on Oct. 13, 2020, in Red Deer Provincial Court.
The Lacombe County CPO attended hospital and was treated for injuries and released.
“We are thankful no one was seriously injured in these events,” says Staff Sergeant Dan Martin, Blackfalds RCMP Detachment Commander. “The quick response of officers from multiple detachments and agencies resulted in the arrest of the two suspects and prevented further offences from occurring.”