Kamloops RCMP say one person is in custody after a Kami Cabs taxi was robbed at knifepoint this afternoon.
In a statement, Inspector Jeff Pelley said police were called around 2:47 p.m. Friday to reports that a taxi driver had been held at gunpoint and had his cab stolen from Fortune Drive.
Witnesses report hearing two nondescript bangs before the taxi drove away with RCMP cruisers right behind it.
I don’t have any other info. I was on the other side, driving, when there were two bangs (collisions I guess), then the cab booked it and the RCMP were right after. Probably ten seconds before the accident shown.
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Pelley says police tried to stop the stolen taxi, noting it collided with two other vehicles before the suspect fled on foot.
At least one of these collisions occurred near the intersection of Fortune Drive and Sydney Avenue just before 3 p.m., causing traffic delays on the North Shore.
Footage from the scene shows the taxi on its roof and extensive damage to the right side of a red sedan.
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“It was a very brazen and dangerous situation in a very populated area of the city, putting the public in extreme danger,” Pelley said.
“Thanks to the immediate and strategic response from our frontline members and dog services, this offender was successfully apprehended and there were no injuries to the public.”
Pelley says the unidentified suspect is being held for a bail hearing, with police recommending charges of theft, fleeing police, dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.
Anyone who witnessed the accident or has a video of it is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.