Five people are facing 40 charges after assaulting a man by the Snye River.
Wood Buffalo RCMP say five people driving a stolen truck had rammed another car, then assaulted a 33-year old man who was stabbed and beaten.
It happened yesterday at about 4:30 in the afternoon.
One of the accused tried to run from police but was caught by police dogs. The ones in the truck tried to drive away but were caught as well.
Thomas MacDonald, Jarvis Eastman, Rolanda McKay, Lori-Anne Nixon, and Angela Tuccaro, all from the region, face charges from aggravated assault to forcible confinement, theft, and resisting arrest.
Police say it wasn’t a random attack.
Eastman had already been arrested for drug trafficking back in November.
Published February 1, 2012
Wood Buffalo RCMP Media Release
Road Rage Incident Results in 5 Arrested
On January 31, 2012, Wood Buffalo RCMP laid numerous charges in relation to a road rage incident that took place the day before in the area of the Snye River, in Fort McMurray. RCMP responded to the winter trail across from the Snye on January 30 shortly after 4:30 pm, and located five subjects in a stolen black Ford 150 pick-up truck. One of the subjects fled the truck and attempted to leave the scene but was apprehended by RCMP Police Dog Services. Attempts were also made by the subjects in the vehicle to flee with the truck, however members on scene managed to apprehend and arrest all offending parties.
The preliminary investigation revealed that prior to police attendance at the scene, the subjects driving the stolen truck had repeatedly rammed another vehicle. A serious physical altercation had also taken place resulting in several individuals sustaining various degrees of injuries. A 33 year-old male was taken to Northern Lights Regional Health Centre for numerous injuries including wounds consistent with those made by an edged weapon, as well as blunt force trauma. Two of the accused were also taken to the hospital for treatment as a result of the incident. All injured parties sustained non-life threatening injuries and have since been released from medical care.
As a result of the investigation 2 males and 3 females, all from the Wood Buffalo Region have been charged:
• 37 year-old Thomas MacDonald,
• 34 year-old Jarvis Eastman,
• 23 year-old Rolanda McKay,
• 27 year-old Lori-Anne Nixon,
• 39 year-old Angela Tuccaro.
To date 40 charges have been laid on the five accused. The following are some of the offences:
• Aggravated Assault,
• Forcible Confinement,
• Theft over $5000,
• Possession of Stolen Property over $5000,
• Assault on Police Officer with a Weapon,
• Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle,
• Resist Arrest,
• Uttering Threats to Cause Death,
• Fail to Comply with Recognizance,
• Breach of Recognizance,
• Obstruct Police Officer.
RCMP have determined that this was not a random attack and that most of the parties involved were known to each other. The investigation is still on-going, and more charges may be pending.