Three from Winnipeg charged with impersonating police to commit carjacking: RCMP
Selkirk RCMP have arrested three people following a carjacking on Saturday, where the suspects allegedly impersonated police.
On Sept. 25, at around 12:40 a.m., RCMP received a report about a carjacking that happened on Highway 59 just south of Ocean Drive in the R.M. of St. Clements.
Investigators learned that an SUV that had red and blue lights stopped a vehicle with two women inside. Police said a man got out of the SUV and asked the women for their identification and registration.
The women questioned the man and at that point, RCMP said he pulled a weapon on them, forcing them to get out of their vehicle and he took their phones.
Police said he travelled south on Highway 59 and was not wearing a police uniform.
RCMP were able to find the vehicle on Highway 59 near Highway 44 at which point police said the suspect tried to ram the police vehicle.
A spike belt was used to stop the car and officers arrested 40-year-old Ryan Demchuk of Winnipeg.
When he was taken to the RCMP detachment, police said he assaulted an officer and a guard. He has been charged with robbery with a firearm, assaulting a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possessing stolen property over $5,000, assault with a weapon, fleeing from police, impersonating a police officer, disguise with intent, and three counts of possessing a firearm while prohibited.
None of the charges have been proven in court.
After he was arrested, police were looking for the other vehicle that was used in the carjacking.
Around 4:50 a.m., police found an SUV travelling north on Main Street in Selkirk. Both the driver and the passenger were arrested.
The driver was found to have a hidden knife on him. When police searched the vehicle, they found drugs, illegal cigarettes, and several weapons, which included an airsoft gun that looked like a handgun. Police also found a blue and red light.
Police arrested 38-year-old Sean Demchuk and 28-year Chelsea Flewelling, both of Winnipeg.
They have been charged with possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon. Sean has also been charged with two counts of possessing a weapon contrary to an order.
None of the charges against the pair have been proven in court.
RCMP said all three people are in custody and an investigation is continuing.