Woman’s escape from unlawful confinement leads to arrest of two suspects

Salmon Arm

2021-06-21 14:00 PDT

File # 2021-3801

A man and woman were nabbed by Salmon Arm RCMP after front line police officers responded to a report that a woman had been held against her will and assaulted.

On June 20, 2021 at 2:39 p.m., Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call for reports of a distressed woman, in the 400-block of 4 Avenue SE, who reported escaping confinement at a nearby location. Police were told that the victim had allegedly been assaulted, threatened and unlawfully confined by two individuals.

Our officers gathered information and evidence quickly, which ultimately led to the arrest of two prime suspects, who police believe were in the process of fleeing the area in a taxi cab, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. During the arrest procedure police officers recovered a .22 calibre rifle, and a significant amount of suspected stolen property.

The victim, an 18-year-old woman, sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the ordeal.

The suspects, a 39-year-old Edmonton man and a 20-year-old Edmonton woman, who authorities determined was expected to be on house arrest back in Alberta, were held in police custody. Each face a number of potential criminal charges related to the investigation still underway in Salmon Arm BC.

Police are also making efforts to identify the rightful owners of the suspected stolen property seized from the couple. Investigators are examining what appears to be a collection of dozens of NHL hockey cards of the same player, estimated to be worth thousands. Other recovered property includes a specialized tool set, and hand held GPS units.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or you might be able to claim some of the stolen property, you are asked to call the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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