B.C. murder suspects stopped, released by band constables before manhunt: councillor
Neckoway said the pair was stopped during a routine check for alcohol — a common check since this is a dry community. The constables didn’t find anything amiss, reportedly, and the pair was let go.
“We weren’t aware of their status, of them being wanted,” Neckoway said. “Apparently after they came to our community, that’s when they sent out that wanted [status].”
RCMP would not comment on Neckoway’s comments.
Former Sudbury man unknowingly helps B.C. teens wanted in cross-country police search
Former Sudbury man Tommy Ste Croix now living in Cold Lake, Alberta helped two teenagers get their SUV out of the mud and only days later realized they are the subject of a cross-country manhunt. 5:11
A burnt-out SUV that had been driven by the suspects was found near Gillam, Man., and Fox Lake Cree Nation. It's this vehicle that Tommy Ste Croix helped them push out of the mud in Alberta days earlier. (Submitted by Billy Beardy)
It wasn't until Tuesday, when scrolling through social media that Ste-Croix saw the faces of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky again and learned they are wanted in connection with three murders in British Columbia and are the subjects of a cross-country hunt.
"I couldn't believe it. My jaw dropped," says Ste-Croix, who then notified police about his encounter with the two suspects.
"They were polite with me. You know if they really, really wanted me, you know, I could be dead. They had the opportunity to grab the truck. I was alone with them. I was behind the SUV tying it up and they pretty much had a brand new truck to take off with. My wallet was in there. But they didn't."
The RAV4 that he helped yank out of the mud in Alberta was found burnt days later in northern Manitoba, where the police search for the boys has been concentrated for more than a week now.
"I hope they get caught, turn themselves in, face the consequences if they did do it. And let justice do it's thing," says Ste-Croix.