A 29 year-old male faces charges after multiple offences involving kidnapping and firearms.
On Saturday, August 28, 2021, at approximately 12:20 a.m., police were stopped in the northbound lanes of Lewvan Drive between 7th Avenue and 4th Avenue on an unrelated matter. A crash was heard and police could see that a collision occurred between two vehicles in the intersection of 7th Avenue and Lewvan Drive, and one of the drivers exit a vehicle and flee the scene.
Police attended the scene and attended the driver who remained. Investigation determined that the driver who remained was southbound on Lewvan Drive passing through a green light when the other vehicle entered the intersection against a red light.
Initial efforts to locate the suspect who fled were unsuccessful. A search of the abandoned vehicle revealed a firearm. Investigation led to the identity of a 29 year-old male who was found to be in breach of a court ordered driving prohibition as well as three firearms prohibitions. He was also found to be the subject of a Canada-wide warrant for breach of statutory release. The Regina Police Service issued a warrant for his arrest.
On September 5, 2021, police were dispatched to the 2100 block of Smith Street for the report of a firearms offence. Information received was that a male in a vehicle pulled up to another vehicle, and demanded the driver, a 28 year-old female, get out of the car, threatening her. He then forced her into his vehicle, threatened a witness with a firearm, and drove away. The female was later located by police, but the suspect, determined through investigation to be the subject of the aforementioned warrant, was not located.
On September 21, 2021, police were dispatched to the 2100 block of Smith Street for an assist citizen call for service over concern for the safety of a female who was with a male in possession of a firearm. Police arrived at the residence, and before police could perform a welfare check, a male exited from the residence into a parking lot. Police observed a vehicle leave the parking lot, and identified the driver as the 29 year-old wanted male. Police activated emergency equipment and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the vehicle drove away. Police did not follow due to volume of vehicles and pedestrians.
On September 28, a police operation involving multiple RCMP detachments led by Broadview RCMP led to the arrest of the 29 year-old male at a residence on Ochapowace First Nation.
Twenty-nine year-old Tyler Jonas LAVALLEE, of Regina, is charged with:
In relation to August 28, 2021 events:
- Fail to stop or remain [CC 320.16(1)]]; and
- Operate Conveyance Contrary to Prohibition Order [CC 320.18(1)]
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device in a Motor Vehicle [CC 94(1)(a)(ii)];
- Careless Storage of Firearm [CC 86(2)];
- Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition [CC 95(1)(A)]
- 3X Possess Firearm contrary to prohibition order [CC 117.01(1)]; and
- 3X Possess Ammunition contrary to prohibition order [CC 117.01(1)].
In relation to September 5, 2021 events:
- Kidnapping [CC 279(1)(A)];
- Use of Imitation Firearm During Commission of Indictable Offence [CC 85(2)(A)]
- Uttering Threats [CC 264.1(1)(A)].
In relation to September 21, 2021:
- Flight From Peace Officer [CC 320.17].
LAVALLEE made his first appearance in Provincial Court on these charges yesterday, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.
NOTE: A previous version incorrectly stated that the arrest took place at Kahkewistahaw First Nation. Please accept our apologies for this error.