Oct 26 2010
Robbery suspects crash into police car


By Staff Writer
The hunt for two armed robbers began with the robbery of a fast food outlet in North Delta on Friday and ended less than a hour later in Surrey when the fleeing suspects slammed into an RCMP patrol cruiser at a road block.
Two Surrey men are facing multiple charges.
The first hold-up happened Friday (Oct. 22) morning around 10 a.m. when Delta Police say two men entered the North Delta eatery in the 7300 block of 120 Street.
Their faces were covered and they were carrying what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun and machete.
Twenty minutes later, there was another armed robbery at a Surrey store near 132 Street and 85 Avenue.
The getaway vehicle in both incidents was an older model Honda Civic.
It was spotted by a Surrey RCMP officer, a few minutes after the second holdup, driving near 140 Street and Fraser Highway.
When the driver realized he was being followed, he hit the gas and started swerving through traffic.
That was when another RCMP officer used their cruiser to block the road in front of the fleeing Civic.
The marked Crown Victoria was parked with its lights flashing.
The Civic slammed into the car, then tried backing up to escape.
By then, several other police vehicles had arrived.
The two suspects were arrested without incident, police said.
There were no reported injuries.
The car turned out to be stolen.
RCMP officer also seized what they described as a loaded weapon.
Surrey residents Craig Hall, 24, and Dylan
Dempsey, 18, are facing the following charges:
-Using a restricted or prohibited firearm in the commission of an offence
-Possession of stolen property under $5,000
-Pointing a firearm
-Use of firearm during an offence
-Possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose
-Carrying a concealed, prohibited weapon and ammunition
-Unauthorized possession of a firearm
-Occupying a vehicle in which there is a firearm
-Careless use of a firearm
-Disguising face with intent to commit an offence
Both men have been held in custody.
Dempsey is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 3 while Hall will appear again on Nov. 8.
“Based on the short time line in which these suspects committed multiple serious offences, it is likely that their crimes would have continued if they had not been stopped by Surrey RCMP officers” RCMP spokesman Const. Peter Neily said.
“The possession of a loaded firearm in the commission of offences is concerning and the officers dealing with this incident placed themselves at tremendous risk in order to protect the public.”
The damaged Crown Victoria will be repaired and returned to service.


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