Police are still searching for three robbery suspects and have now released a composite sketch of one of them to the public.
The robbery took place on June 18, under the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge.
A 21-year-old man had stopped to check directions when a white Ford F350 crew cab with three men pulled up behind him. The passenger in the truck got out, approached the victim’s vehicle, and identified himself as an RCMP officer.
RCMP said the suspect asked for the victim’s identification, and took the ID back to the truck for a short time. He eventually returned it and sent the victim on his way.
Both vehicles left the area, driving in the same direction. The suspects’ truck then stopped in the middle of Rosedale Ferry Road, forcing the man to stop behind it.
The driver and passenger of the truck then exited and robbed the victim of his keys, including his car keys, and a Motorola Atrix cell phone. They ran back to the truck and left, and the victim managed to flag down a passing vehicle to call police.
Police conducting extensive patrols in the area at the time, but never found the pick up truck. They did find one set of the man’s keys on the Haig Highway.
RCMP said the suspects’ vehicle was a newer model, between 2006 and 2010.
The composite sketch released is of the passenger who first approached the victim. He was described as a Caucasian man in his late twenties to early thirties, 5’11” to 6’0″ tall, 180 – 200 pounds, with a light complexion and stubble on his face. He had a slim build and very short light brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jeans and dark running shoes.
An RCMP media liaison said it was important to remember that sketches are an interpretation.
“All composite sketches are an artistic interpretation made based on witness statements to produce a likeness of a suspect for identification,” said Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth. “In this case there may be certain characteristics that may not exactly be the true likeness of the suspect involved in this case, but may be similar in nature.”
Hollingsworth underlined the importance of asking for police identification, especially in unmarked vehicles.
“Any time a crime is committed by someone identifying themselves as a police officer is obviously a huge concern to us,” Hollingsworth said. “In this case, the white Ford pickup did not activate any emergency equipment, such as lights or sirens, as a regular unmarked police vehicle would, nor did the alleged suspect who identified himself as a police officer provide any identification,” says Corporal Hollingsworth. “If you are ever in a situation where you are uncomfortable dealing with a police officer in plain clothes ask for identification and the officer should provide a badge or other identification, if they can’t provide ID then they probably aren’t the police.”
Anyone that can identify this man or has an other information is asked to call the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).