From Blackfalds RCMP:
The Blackfalds RCMP are currently investigating both a collision and a carjacking that occurred this morning.
At 8:12 a.m. the RCMP responded to a 911 call about the carjacking which had just occurred.
A male driving a truck collided with a school bus on Township Road 372 and Range Road 281.
When a passerby stopped to offer assistance, the male suspect pointed a handgun and demanded her vehicle. He fled in the victim’s Mitsubishi Outlander, heading westbound on Township Road 372.
The school bus was connected to the Chinook’s Edge School Division, servicing Penhold schools. The bus had seven children on board, all of whom were assessed and cleared by on scene EMT. Two children had minor injuries which were treated, and the children released.
RCMP are looking for a silver 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, with Alberta license plate BNR6558. The public is not to approach this vehicle, or the male driving the vehicle. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.
The truck which was involved in the initial collision was earlier reported stolen and involved in previous incidents. The RCMP had been working to locate the truck. (see attached background).
The male suspect is described as:
- 5’11” tall
- Dark wavy hair
- Black skull bandana pulled up covering the lower half of his face
- Dark jacket with the hood covering his head
- Dark cargo pants
Background story from January 16th, 2019:
Drumheller RCMP apprehend wanted male and seize stolen vehicle - Seeking second male and stolen Fountain Tire truck
Drumheller, Alta. - Drumheller RCMP received a report at 7:30 am January 15 that a burgundy Ford F350 truck smashed into a bay door at Fountain Tire and a logo'd 'Fountain Tire' GMC truck was stolen. Later in the evening, the burgundy Ford F350 was involved in rural fuel thefts which culminated in a male being apprehended at a farm and the truck seized.
The male was arrested and taken to hospital. Police investigation is ongoing. The suspect cannot be named pending the swearing of an information.
The stolen Fountain Tire truck has since been linked to a rash of offences in the Three Hills to Bashaw area and police are looking for the public’s assistance in locating the truck and suspect.
If located, DO NOT APPROACH. RCMP believe the suspect is armed and dangerous. Please contact 911 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store."