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Morinville RCMP lay 45 charges after armed car-jacking

The suspects were arrested in a St. Albert parking lot with the help of several different RCMP detachments.
A St. Albert citizen located this loaded shotgun which RCMP say was used in an armed car-jacking on June 16. MORINVILLE RCMP/Photo

The Morinville RCMP has laid 45 criminal charges against three people following an armed car-jacking near Morinville on June 16.

RCMP said Thursday afternoon that David Lawrence Desroches, 32, and Kalob Joshua Kochanowsky, 20, both face 16 charges each. Sheyene Victoria Bruno, 28, faces 13 charges.

Some of the charges include pointing a firearm, robbery with a firearm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with a condition of a release order. Kochanowsky has also been charged with possessing methamphetamine.

All three have been remanded into custody and are set to appear in Morinville court on June 25 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP said the suspects were arrested in a St. Albert parking lot with the help of several different RCMP detachments, including three different units in St. Albert.

On June 16, police responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery on a roadway northwest of Morinville. A rural property owner had come across a vehicle stuck in a field, and when the property owner made contact with the vehicle, a firearm – believed to be a sawed-off shotgun – was pointed at them and two other people in their truck. Three suspects stole the victim's Chevrolet Silverado and fled west on Highway 651.

A St. Albert citizen located the firearm, which had been discarded, and the police were able to recover the loaded shotgun used in this incident.

The truck the suspects had been driving in the field was reported stolen in Leduc on June 15 and will be returned to its owner. The truck was towing a trailer with a tractor and a riding mower, both of which were stolen. The RCMP are still investigating whether the trailer was also stolen.