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Mounties nab suspect after cop's bike dragged for a block

Martin van den Hemel   May-19-2017

The 7000 block of Saba Road where a suspect allegedly drove a stolen vehicle over the bicycle of an RCMP bike patrol member.

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A suspect appeared in Richmond provincial court on Friday and now faces a dozen criminal charges following a pair of run-ins with local Mounties.

While his arrest on May 11 was without incident, the same couldn't be said for an altercation with police three weeks earlier that could have been deadly.

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According to Richmond RCMP, on April 21, investigators identified a suspect after he was found in a stolen blue 2013 Ford Escape in the 7000 block of Saba Road.

At the time, the area was under police surveillance stemming from a series of mail thefts.

After identifying the suspect, he managed to flee, and reversed the stolen Ford SUV over an RCMP patrol bicycle and fled the area. The officer who had been on the bike was not injured, but the bicycle was crushed and dragged for more than a block, police said.

"This incident could have caused serious or life threatening injuries to one or more of our officers, not to mention innocent bystanders," said RCMP Cpl. Simon Lee, of the Mounties' property crime unit. "This, coupled with the damage to police property while fleeing, heightened our focus and purpose."

On May 11, the suspect resurfaced in Richmond, this time driving a stolen 2015 Toyota Camry near Elmbridge Way and Minoru Boulevard, an area where several plain clothes officers had been focussing their efforts because of a recent increase in burglaries.

The RCMP's property crimes unit arrested Richmond's Jason Edward Keyes, 30, without incident.

According to police, they found burglary tools, stolen mail, various stolen garage door opener remotes, drug and drug paraphernalia and identification documents.

Investigators have linked Keyes to several other open cases.

Keyes is charged with a total of 12 criminal counts, including two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, one count of obstructing a peace officer, two counts of breaking and entering, one count of mail theft, one count of dangerous driving, and two counts of identity theft.

Keyes has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court later this month.

"This arrest speaks to the dedication and collaboration of all the officers at the Richmond detachment," said RCMP Supt. Will Ng, the new officer in charge of the Richmond detachment. "We want thieves to know that our patrol officers and plainclothes officers are out there whether you can see them or not. We want to make Richmond very inhospitable for thieves."


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