Police are seeking the help of the public in locating two fugitives facing multiple charges after a 66-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed on Monday.
Prince Albert resident Kevin Brian Henderson, 30, and Shantel Laureen Mike, 26, of Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation have each been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery and two counts of stealing a motor vehicle.
Kevin Henderson has also been charged with three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.
The charges stem from an RCMP investigation early on Monday morning into an assault that took place at Montreal Lake Cree Nation.
Officers were initially called in to the Montreal Lake Medical Clinic shortly after 5 a.m. to investigate the assault, which was reported to have taken place in a red 2000 Chevrolet Venture van.
The vehicle departed in an unknown direction before police arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, its registered owner, 66-year-old Montreal Lake resident Marina Henderson, was missing.
The Waskesiu Lake RCMP put out a call to the public asking for their assistance in locating the vehicle as well as its owner.
A member of the public eventually found the red van at a house in the Sturgeon Lake area and contacted police, who found Marina Henderson inside the residence.
The victim requested medical attention and was subsequently transported to hospital in Prince Albert.
While Sgt. Al Presler of the Waskesiu Lake RCMP would not comment on the specifics of her injuries due to the Privacy Act, he noted that “she’s receiving treatment there and recovering.”
“She was obviously able to speak and whatnot, and … transported after that,” he added.
In conjunction with the RCMP general investigation unit and Major Crime Unit North, as well as the Prince Albert Police Service and Prince Albert RCMP, police were able to gather sufficient evidence to lay the charges against Kevin Henderson and Mike.
The second vehicle ended up being located in Prince Albert. Sgt. Al Presler
Sgt. Brandon Mudry noted that the Prince Albert Police Service was largely playing a supporting role in efforts to locate the fugitives.
“We’re following up on some leads … I can’t say anything concrete,” Mudry said.
“I don’t know if they’re here (in Prince Albert) or not. We’re just assisting the RCMP, checking some addresses and that’s it at this point.”
The two counts of stealing a motor vehicle derive from the fact that another vehicle went missing besides the red Chevrolet Venture, which police also tied to the fugitives.
“The second vehicle ended up being located in Prince Albert there,” Presler said.
“As for their whereabouts, we can’t say for certain, but it’s all tied in to the same suspects here.”
The kidnapping charges also relate to Marina Henderson.
“With the totality of the investigation there … it has led up to the evidence to support those charges,” Presler said.
Though seeking the help of the public in locating the two fugitives, police warn members of the public not to approach either individual, who may be armed and dangerous.
Anyone who locates either fugitive should contact their local RCMP detachment or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.