The Big River RCMP reported they have arrested a man in connection with two separate incidents of vehicles being stolen at gunpoint.
RCMP report their investigation determined the suspect in both incidents – one on March 5th and the other on March 17th – was the same person, 27-year-old Brandon Whitefish of Big River First Nation, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Whitefish was found in a vehicle driving on Highway 55, and police activated their lights to get him to pull over. He didn’t stop and drove to a home on Big River First Nation. He was later arrested at the residence.
"Investigators worked diligently to investigate these robberies and lay charges,” said Sgt. Heath Robinson, the commander of the Big River RCMP detachment. “I'm also grateful for the assistance and expertise of other Saskatchewan RCMP units in these investigations."
Whitefish is facing a number of charges, including two counts of robbery with a firearm, two counts of pointing a firearm, uttering threats, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, one count of mischief, two counts of possessing a weapon contrary to an order, one count of flight from police, one counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, one count of driving while prohibited and one count of resisting or obstructing a peace officer.
Whitefish is scheduled to appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court on these charges on April 13th and has been remanded into custody until that time.
There are two other suspects who are wanted in connection with the robbery on March 5th. Thirty-nine-year-old Joseph Rabbitskin and 28-year-old Chantelle Lachance, both from Big River First Nation, are charged with one count of robbery with a firearm and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment.