Thursday, June 16, 2022

Twin incidents kept Prince Rupert RCMP on the move through Thursday

Thursday was an active day for the members of the city's RCMP detachment, with the Prince Rupert RCMP updating the public on two high profile files that were attended to in the last 48 hours and led to a number of arrests.

The first involved a report of a Stolen Vehicle from the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In their notes related to the incident the RCMP provide some background to the case file.

The victim's daughter had her car broken into by two women, her wallet, other valuables and a set of keys which belonged to the victim's vehicle parked in the driveway were taken. The two woman then gained entry to the vehicle parked in the driveway and drove away. 

 The two women, using the stolen credit cards and cash, went to the Maverick Mart and 11th Ave E Liquor Store where they purchased food and drinks then made their way out to the industrial area. 

This is where front line officers recognized the plate and they initiated a roadside stop. After securing both in handcuffs grounds were built that the driver was also intoxicated and she was brought in for further testing. The woman, however, ended up refusing to comply and was charged with a Refusal to Comply with a Demand. 

Olympia Rita Stevens, 35 years old and Janine Melissa Innes, 41 years old, were arrested and had charges sworn for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Theft Under $5000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Theft of a Credit Card. 

Ms. Stevens also had charges sworn for Failure to Comply with a Demand as well as Driving While Suspended and is being held in custody to be transported to Prince George Regional Correctional Centre.

The second case file is in relation to a violent Home Invasion, which while securing two arrests, has the local detachment still seeking a third person.

The details to the incident, which left one man bloodied and injured were outlined as follows:

Three people, two men and a woman broke through the front door of a residence of a known acquaintance of theirs. The three assailants attacked the victim, punching, kicking and hitting him twice in the head with a hammer. 

 The three assailants then turned their aggression toward the victim's house and began to break windows, tables, chairs and electronics. 

They then fled on foot where police quickly located the female of the group and arrested her. One of the males was found later in the morning and was also arrested. 

Courtney Rebecca Green, 19 years old, Connor Shea Fortune, 29 years old, and Graham Ashton Small, 27 years old had charges laid against them for Break and Enter into a Residence, Assault, and Mischief. 

Mr. Small, who was not located during the initial investigation is now wanted on an unendorsed warrant, was also charged with Assault with a Weapon.

The Prince Rupert Detachment included a photo of the still at large third person from the incident. 

Graham Ashton Small is described as:

6'1 (185cm)
165 lbs (75 kg) 
Black Hair; and Brown Eyes.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Small please call 9-1-1 or the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-624-2136.

Prince Rupert RCMP Media Relations Officer, Constable Brody Hemrich noted of the scale of work on the day from the city's front line members.

"Although we still have one man at large, the work done by our front line officers should be commended. 

A great team effort led to both files being well investigated, and having charges approved on both files."

Note: Third person related to the incident has turned himself in to the RCMP

Further notes on the incidents can be reviewed from the RCMP case file report

In both case files, charges have yet to be proved in a court of law.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders can be explored from our archive page.

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