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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

The spree began with a stolen Chevrolet Venture minivan from the 2700 block of South Ospika Boulevard just before 9:15 a.m. Prince George RCMP were then patrolling the area when they received a report of an earlier attempted robbery of a student near the John McInnes Centre, on Westwood Drive, at around 9 a.m. A male fitting the description of the one who stole the van allegedly approached the student and demanded his lighter and sunglasses.

Shortly after, there was another report of a similar attempted robbery, with the suspect again matching the previous description. This time an adult male was approached on Athlone Avenue, and the suspect said he had a gun and demanded the keys to his car. No gun was seen and the victim denied him, and the suspect fled.
 
Just over half an hour later, there was a vehicle collision in a driveway on Landsdowne Road involving the stolen minivan. The minivan was left empty, but using police dogs, officers were able to track the suspect through the Prince George Cemetery. A witness reported a man matching his description had crossed Highway 16 and was heading down Range Road. After a short foot chase, police were able to apprehend the suspect without incident near the corner of Range Road and Westwood Drive at 10:30 a.m.
 
The 19 year old is currently being held in police custody.
 
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