Two arrested for Burnaby carjacking
Two suspects were arrested and charged in a carjacking incident in Burnaby on Sunday, but not before they crashed the car.
At about noon Oct. 7, the two suspects robbed a man at gunpoint as he was parking his car in the 7200-block of McKay Avenue. They searched the victim and stole his wallet, cellphone, and the car keys, then fled in the victim's vehicle.
“The victim was able to assist police quickly," said Burnaby RCMP Sgt. Gursharn Ranu, in a press release. "This led to Burnaby officers to locate the missing white vehicle in the area of Edmonds and 6th Street.”
When police approached near the Burnaby-New Westminster border, the suspects tried to escape only to strike a vehicle, which in turn hit a stationary police cruiser. The female suspect was caught after a brief foot chase while the male suspect was stuck in the car and was arrested soon afterwards. A handgun was recovered from the car.
The two civilians in the third car, and the officer in the police cruiser that was struck, as well as the two suspects, were all treated for various injuries, none of them serious.
Joseph Ernest Archibald, 36, and Christina Marie Farstad, 30, both residents of Vancouver, have been charged with robbery.
Archibald has also been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and was the subject of a Canada-wide arrest warrant for failing to comply with release conditions. Farstad has also been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.
The two suspects appeared in Vancouver Provincial Court on Tuesday.