Press Release

********Update to this post*******

A male has been arrested in relation to this incident and several other offences that occurred in multiple jurisdictions. He is currently in custody with Lanark County OPP. More information to follow. The vehicle below has been recovered.

Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint

Early this morning around 0200hrs Smiths Falls Police received a 911 call regarding a vehicle that was taken at gunpoint. The male driver had stopped at the side of the road on Beckwith St N at William ST to check his emails when a male opened the passenger door and sat inside. The driver saw that the male was brandishing a handgun and immediately exited the vehicle. A short time later, a Smiths Falls Police officer on patrol spotted the van driving erratically and engaged in attempting to stop the vehicle. At that time, he was alerted by the Comm centre of what just occurred and initiated a pursuit down Roger Stevens road attempting to stop the vehicle. OPP were advised but did not have officers engaged in this pursuit. Smiths Falls Police continued to pursue the vehicle, until it lost sight of it around the Boundary Road area due to its very high rate of speed.

Ottawa Police (OPS) were contacted to assist and spotted the stolen vehicle in their jurisdiction, in the East end. The pursuit continued through Ottawa and one of their cruisers were damaged.  OPS ended the pursuit when the vehicle continued into Gatineau in an unknown direction of travel.    

Investigation has revealed this vehicle and male suspect was spotted at a gas station in Aylmer Quebec after this pursuit. The suspect and vehicle have not yet been located. No injuries to the driver as a result of what occurred. Male is described as being white, approximately in his 20’s, 5ft 10inches, with a muscular build. At the time of the offence, the male was wearing a light coloured possibly grey tank top and did not have any noticeable tattoos. He had short shaved blond hair- clean cut.  Below is the photo from a gas station of the suspect.

Vehicle is a white 2017 GMC Savana van bearing ONT #AX 25477 with Andre J Pavelich Enterprises LTD down the side. It has two 35 ft ladders on the roof.

Male believed to be armed- if vehicle is located contact your local police immediately.