Busy weekend for Trail RCMP
Trail RCMP were busy during the weekend with a host of reports, including the report of an attempted robbery of a taxi driver in the downtown core Sunday.
Early Sunday morning, at 2:29 a.m., a taxi was flagged down on Bay Ave. by a male, who then jumped in the vehicle and ordered the driver to drive, as he had a gun in his pocket.
No weapon was produced.
Before the taxi could start up, another vehicle pulled up behind the taxi and the suspect jumped out to confront the occupants of the other car. The taxi driver then drove off, and the other vehicle left as well, driving around the suspect and leaving him standing in the middle of the street.
Within approximately 10 minutes of receiving the report, police arrested an intoxicated male for attempted robbery on Bay Ave. near Spokane St. in downtown Trail.
No weapon was found on him.
The suspect, Justin James, 20, of Castlegar, was returned to Trail detachment and held in custody to appear in court in Castlegar on Jan. 9 charged with extortion, uttering a threat, and forcible confinement.
A few days earlier, Thursday, police received a report of threatening with firearm that occurred the previous day at a residence in East Trail.
There was a verbal confrontation between two individuals on the street that ended with one of them lifting his shirt to reveal what appeared to be a handgun tucked in his waistband.
The suspect then left.
As a result of this information, on January 5 police attended another residence in East Trail to arrest the suspect.
A short standoff resulted when the suspect refused to exit the residence, however he eventually did surrender and was arrested for threatening involving the use of a firearm.
The suspect’s wife was also arrested for obstructing a peace officer.
A search warrant was subsequently executed at the suspect’s residence and the following items were seized: one pellet pistol, one pellet rifle, one pellet rifle with both the barrel and butt sawed off.
Christopher Moubray, 22, was held in custody and appeared in Castlegar Provincial Court on Friday, Jan. 6 charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a handgun or imitation for the purpose of committing an offence, and engaging in threatening conduct.
Moubray was subsequently released by the court on a number of conditions, including a curfew and regular reporting to a bail supervisor. His next court appearance is on Feb. 9 in Rossland Provincial Court.
The female, 18, was released by the police with conditions on a Promise to Appear in Rossland Provincial Court on Feb. 9.