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Police dog and spike belt used to arrest armed robbery suspects

Three people are in custody and facing charges after an armed robbery in Prince George this past weekend.

 On December 16, at approximately 9:20 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven near First Avenue and Tabor Boulevard.

 Multiple police resources attended the scene, including two police dog service teams.  Indications were that the two masked suspects entered the business and brandished a handgun and bear spray before they fled with a small amount of cash to a nearby vehicle.  No injuries were reported.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., a suspect vehicle was located being driven on Birchwood Drive in the Hart Highlands.  One of the three suspects in the vehicle fled on foot and was immediately arrested.  The 27-year-old man was found in possession of a handgun, according to police.  The vehicle was not pursued. 

A few minutes later, the vehicle was located on Highway 97 turning westbound onto Chief Lake Road.  A spike belt was deployed disabling the vehicle, a Dodge Caravan.  The two male occupants, ages 22 and 24 years old, were taken into custody, one with the assistance of police service dog Dero.

 All three have been held in custody and are  facing a number of Criminal Code charges.  All three are known to police and reside in Prince George, although two are from other northern B.C. communities.

Donovan Arthur Carter-Laliberte has been charged with:

 ·       Armed Robbery with a Firearm

·       Possession of Firearm without Authorization

·       Pointing a Firearm

·       Two counts of Assault

·       Using a Firearm while Committing Assault

·       Possession of a Weapon for the Purpose of Committing an Offence

·       Disguise with Intent

·       Occupy a Vehicle Knowing there was a Firearm in the Vehicle

·       Driving While Prohibited

·       Fail to Stop for Police

 Carter-Laliberte, 22, is from Prince George.  He is well known to police.

 Andrew Dane Gifford has been charged with:

·       Armed Robbery with a Firearm

·       Possession of Firearm without Authorization

·       Pointing a Firearm

·       Two counts of Assault

·       Using a Firearm while Committing Assault

·       Possession of a Weapon for the Purpose of Committing an Offence

·       Disguise with Intent

·       Occupy a Vehicle Knowing there was a Firearm in the Vehicle

·       Fail to Stop for Police

 Gifford, 24, is from Prince George. 

 Wilfred Patrick Prince has been charged with:

·       Armed Robbery with a Firearm

·       Possession of Firearm without Authorization

·       Pointing a Firearm

·       Two counts of Assault

·       Using a Firearm while Committing Assault

·       Possession of a Weapon for the Purpose of Committing an Offence

·       Disguise with Intent

·       Occupy a Vehicle Knowing there was a Firearm in the Vehicle

 Prince, 27, is  residing in Prince George, but originally from Fort St. James. 

 If you have any information about violent Criminal offences, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”.  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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