Two people are facing serious charges following an incident that occurred on Jan. 8, at the Bear Hills Truck Stop. The incident left a man with serious injuries, and the Wetaskiwin General Investigation Section assisted in the investigation.
At 12:04 p.m., the Wetaskiwin RCMP responded to a kidnapping in progress at the truck stop, west of Wetaskiwin. Witness reports were that a male victim was beaten, and dragged into an SUV which drove away.
Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis RCMP members flooded the area, and a Maskwacis RCMP member located the suspect vehicle eastbound on Highway 611. A traffic stop was attempted but the suspect vehicle failed to stop. A pursuit was initiated. Near Range Road 230 and Township Road 254, a tire deflation device was successfully deployed. The vehicle entered the ditch and two occupants were taken into custody without further incident.
The adult male victim, who was thrown out of the vehicle prior to the pursuit, was transported to the hospital. He was treated for serious, but non life threatening injuries incurred while he was assaulted and bear sprayed.
Investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle was stolen from Wetaskiwin the night prior.
Curtis Raine (31) and Sara Lightning (23) are both charged with kidnapping, extortion, aggravated assault, flight from police officer, et al. Raine has been remanded in custody and Lightning has been released from custody. Both are scheduled to appear next in court on Jan. 14, 2021 in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court.
The RCMP have determined that this was a targeted attack.