One of two teenagers arrested in North Vancouver this month after residents noticed them driving erratically in a quiet cul-de-sac has now been charged with robbery and use of an imitation firearm in connection with an alleged carjacking.
The second teen who was in the vehicle was also arrested by North Vancouver RCMP but later released without charges.
Police across the Lower Mainland had been searching for the two suspects and a stolen car after a woman reported being carjacked at gunpoint near the University of British Columbia at the end of September.
Police said at the time of the incident the woman told officers she was returning to her car on the 10th floor of a parkade at UBC around 6:30 p.m. when two men approached her. One of the men produced a small handgun and demanded her keys, said police. The suspects then escaped in the woman’s car.
A week later, police said it was a phone call from a concerned citizen in North Vancouver that led to the arrest of the teens.
“They figured they were just reporting a reckless driver in their cul-de-sac,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP.
But a check of the vehicle licence plate quickly revealed it was the 2007 Kia that had been stolen in the alleged carjacking. Police soon moved in and arrested two youths, whom DeVries described in a press statement as “violent and dangerous.”
The teenager who has been charged in connection with the carjacking is due in Richmond court at the end of October. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, he cannot be named.