Alleged gang members who took police on 150-km chase remain behind bars

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Alleged Westside Outlaws street gang members who took police on a 150-kilometre chase in November remain behind bars.

Juanita Wahpistikwan, 21, from Big Island Cree Nation, and Tonia Cantel, 22, from North Battleford, had show cause hearings scheduled in Lloydminster Provincial Court on Jan. 7 but their appearances were waived and the matters were adjourned. Kyle Lajimodiere from Cold Lake, Alta., also remains in custody.

The three, and two young offenders who can’t be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, were arrested on Nov. 20 after multiple RCMP detachments worked together to arrest them.

Police pursued the five for two hours from Lashburn, Sask., to an area north near Paradise Hills.

The five are charged with theft of a vehicle, storing a prohibited firearm, four counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm without a license, being in a vehicle with an unauthorized firearm, possessing a prohibited firearm with accessible ammunition without registration, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, endangering the safety of the public, and flight from police.

Wahpistikwan is scheduled to appear next in Lloydminster Provincial Court on Jan. 21 for a show cause hearing. Cantel’s show cause hearing was adjourned to Jan. 11. Lajimodiere is scheduled to appear on Jan. 26 to speak to his matter.

The charges against the five haven’t been proven in court.

RCMP say the five are members of Westside Outlaws street gang.

If you are associated with a gang and want to leave it, contact STR8 UP in northern Saskatchewan at 306-763-3001, STR8 UP in central Saskatchewan at 306-244-1771, or Regina Treaty Status Indian Services in southern Saskatchewan at 306-522-7494 to get assistance.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist