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Driver facing several charges after fleeing from police

One person is facing multiple charges after allegedly fleeing from police in downtown St. John’s on Saturday afternoon.

At about 5:00 Saturday afternoon members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) attempted to stop a vehicle in the downtown area of St. John’s. The driver refused to stop for police and evaded officers at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was located a short distance away after the driver had collided with a sign post and traffic light pole. The force of the collision sent the sign post several metres into the nearby intersection.

The driver of the car attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended by officers.

As a result, a forty-four year old male was arrested and charged with impaired driving, impaired refusal, dangers operation of a motor vehicle, hit and run, flight from police, and driving while suspended. The driver was also given tickets for having open liquor in the vehicle, and expired registration.

They were held for court in the morning and their vehicle was impounded.

Police investigate after 16-year-old-boy assaulted at Prince of Wales Collegiate

Police were called to a report of an assault at Prince of Wales Collegiate (PWC) in St. John’s on Thursday.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) said in a statement released late Thursday evening that a 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and required medical attention following a violent assault at the centre-city high school. Multiple RNC officers, with Operational Patrol Services (OPS), Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Forensic Identification Services (FIS), and Police Dog Services (PDS), along with paramedics from Eastern Health responded to the scene shortly before noon.

The teen who was the alleged victim of the attack was taken to the Janeway Hospital to receive medical treatment. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District says PWC went into secure school mode immediately after the incident and families were informed. On the advice of the RNC, students were dismissed from secure school mode around 2:00 p.m.

The RNC has assembled a Major Case Management Team to investigate the event, and request any witnesses, or anyone with video footage, contact the police. Investigators are seeking any information and video footage in the noted areas:

  • Paton Street
  • Elizabeth Avenue, from Westerland Road to Freshwater Road
  • Anderson Avenue
  • Stabb Court
  • Keegan Court
  • Cowperthwaite Court
  • Mitchell Court

A Major Case Management Team dedicates resources from multiple sections of the RNC CID, promoting efficient and systematic investigation of significant criminal events.

Anyone who is experiencing stress or mental health crisis as a result of this event, please reach out to the provincial mental health crisis line for support through 8-1-1.

The RNC request that anyone with information to assist contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at or use the P3Tips app #SayItHere

The scene of a violent attack at a St. John’s high school

Man facing multiple charges following evening of crime

A twenty-six year old male is facing multiple charges following an evening of crime in the capital city.

At about 6:30 p.m. officers with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) responded to a report of an armed robbery at a service station on Topsail Road. A lone subject had entered the business armed with a knife and left with an unknown amount of cash. A search of the area was conducted, however the subject was not located.

Roughly two hours later, at 8:30 p.m., RNC responded to a report of a possible impaired driver on the Outer Ring Road near Paradise. The driver refused to stop for police and due to public safety reasons the chase was quickly terminated. It was unclear at publication time if this incident was related to the armed robbery.

At about 9:30 p.m. police located the same vehicle, which had been stolen, on Lemarchant Road. Officers were able to stop the vehicle, and arrested both occupants. Police were able to identify the male driver as the same person responsible for the armed robbery earlier in the evening.

As a result of the investigation the twenty-six year old male has been charged with three counts each of Flight from Police and Dangerous Driving, Armed Robbery, two counts of Breach of a Court Order, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. They were held to appear before a judge.

The passenger of the vehicle was released without any charges.

Arson suspect sought following early-evening fire

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) are looking for an individual suspected of arson following a fire on Bonaventure Avenue early Wednesday evening.

Shortly after 5:00 p.m. multiple calls were received by St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) alerting fire crews to a blaze behind a residence at the corner of Bonaventure Avenue and Harvey Road. When crews first arrived a few minutes later they found heavy fire and smoke coming from a back deck of the home. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the blaze under control, preventing its spread into the eave of the home. A small gazebo attached to the deck of the home was completely destroyed, while the home sustained mostly superficial damage.

Through their investigation, the RNC have determined the cause of the fire to be arson. Late Tuesday evening police released a photo, obtained through CCTV footage, of a person suspected of arson in relation to the blaze.

The RNC is asking anyone with information to contact them at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). You can also provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website. The RNC have not yet confirmed if there is a connection to three previous fires that were also deemed suspicious in nature.

SJRFD Platoon Chief Mike Hall credited firefighters with being able to douse the flames, which could be seen from Signal Hill, before the home sustained substantial damage. Hall also recognized the home’s close proximity to Central Fire Station, less than half a kilometre away, as a contributing factor in the speedy knock-down.

The building, known as The Observatory, was built in the 1800’s. It survived the Great Fire of 1892, and was designated a heritage building in 1994.

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