Police say two men have been arrested after a couple armed carjackings last year.
According to a release, on Oct. 12, 2017, Edmonton police were following a black Ford Fusion into Strathcona County after an armed carjacking. Just after midnight, the suspects inside the car were involved in another armed carjacking (with a shotgun) at the Flying J gas station. A black Chrysler 300 with Saskatchewan license plates was stolen. Both vehicles fled the scene.
At the time, Strathcona County RCMP personnel were at the Holiday Inn Express on Broadmoor Boulevard. A man was shot in the shoulder and neck area.
The Fusion was later found engulfed in flames on Yellowhead Trail. The Chrysler was seen speeding through the Vegreville area and was later found in Saskatchewan.
After a lengthy investigation, Jeremy Buffin, 30, and Dalton Checkosis, 24, both of North Battleford were arrested and remain in custody. Both have been charged with over 30 criminal code offenses.
In the release it was unclear if there was a connection between the hotel incident and the carjackings.
Buffin and Checkosis are scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on September 12, at 9:30 a.m.