While area emergency personnel were busy at the scene of the train derailment in Clair last Tuesday afternoon, Wynyard RCMP also responded to the report of an armed robbery that was taking place at the Elfros credit union.
Caleb Desjarlais, left, and Joseph Desjarlais, right, are considered armed and dangerous.
Police say initial investigation found that at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, a masked male with a firearm entered the financial institution and demanded cash. The suspect was then provided an undetermined amount of cash by an employee and subsequently left the scene in a vehicle.
Police located the suspect vehicle on Fishing Lake First Nation, at which time two male occupants fled on foot into a heavily wooded area.
RCMP officers were called from Wynyard, Wadena, Foam Lake, Punnichy, Humboldt, Rose Valley, Porcupine Plain and the Yorkton General Investigation Section to contain the area. With the addition of the emergency response and containment teams, police dog services and forensics, RCMP arrested 28-year-old Levon Colt Desjarlais of Humboldt without incident.
Remaining at large as of press time on Friday were Joseph Wilfred Desjarlais, 24, and Caleb Desjarlais, 20, both of Fishing Lake First Nation. Each has been charged with nine Criminal Code offences, including armed robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, possession of a prohibited weapon, and pointing a firearm.
The RCMP caution the public that both are considered armed and dangerous and are not to be approached. Anyone knowing of their whereabouts is urged to contact Wynyard RCMP at 1-306-554-5550 or contact your nearest police service.
Levon Desjarlais has since been charged with one count each of armed robbery with a firearm and being an accessory after the fact. He was slated to appear in Yorkton Provincial Court on Friday morning, Oct. 10.
RCMP also report there were no physical injuries to any of the credit union staff as a result of the incident and there were no customers in the financial institution at the time.
By Alison Squires