LaSalle Police Launch Investigation into Stolen Vehicle and Foot Pursuit
LaSalle, September 27th, 2023 – At 7:20 AM this morning, the LaSalle Police Service attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle at Sprucewood and Malden however the driver chose to evade law enforcement, accelerating and refusing to stop.
In the interest of public safety, officers decided not to pursue the vehicle further. Shortly afterward, the stolen pickup truck was located abandoned at the southern end of Mencarelli, near the woodlot. Officers commenced a ground search for the suspect in the surrounding area.
Officers located the suspect in the woodlot who continued to flee on foot. During this pursuit, officers continued to give chase as the suspect fled through the Sovereign Woods neighbourhood, traversing fences and backyards of residences. A concerned resident in the 5800 block of Oxley reported an individual who had jumped their fence and crossed through their yard. Despite extensive efforts, the suspect managed to elude capture.
The suspect is wanted by the LaSalle Police Service for the following offences:
1) Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
2) Flight from Police Officer
3) Possession of Break and Enter Tools
4) Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
The suspect is described as a white male, aged 20 to 25, with a dark mustache and a thin build, standing between 5’6” and 5’8” tall. Initially, he was wearing grey jeans, a black leather jacket, a black hat, and a black backpack. During the foot pursuit, he discarded the hat, jacket, and backpack, leaving him in gray jeans and a black T-shirt.
LaSalle Police are urging residents in the Mencarelli, Sovereign Woods, Oxley, Dalton, Bishop, Bagley, and nearby areas to review their surveillance cameras between 7:20 AM and 9:00 AM for any footage that may resemble the provided description of the suspect.
The Lasalle Police Service is actively investigating this incident and is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our community. Any information related to this case should be reported to the LaSalle Police Service immediately at (519) 969-5210. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (519-258-8477) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.