Two men arrested and charged in RCMP takedown after cabbie robbed in Yellowknife

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Two men have been arrested in a police takedown in Yellowknife after a cabbie was hurt when he was robbed behind a downtown apartment building.

RCMP state in a news release that they were called about 7:30 Wednesday morning to an alley behind the Grayling Manor apartment on 53 St. after the taxi driver reported he had been robbed.

He suffered minor injuries.

Police state the suspects were seen fleeing the area, heading towards 52 Avenue.

Officers identified possible suspects and at about 4:00 pm, the emergency response (ERT) team and canine unit tracked three men to the area of Woolgar Ave. and Byrne Rd.

A heavy police presence surrounded the area but the suspects fled from them on foot.

They were all eventually captured but police say one man was hurt in an interaction with a police dog.

They don’t say whether he was bitten.

RCMP state that he was taken to Stanton Territorial Hospital for treatment of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

No officers were injured during the event and police state there is no public safety concern at this time.

They did not make it clear whether the suspects were arrested at gunpoint.

Dean McNeely, 32 and Tevin McNeely, 22, both of Yellowknife, are charged with robbery.

It’s not clear if it was either of them who was hurt by the dog.

RCMP haven’t said if the third man was charged.

The two suspects were held for court appearances Thursday where they were both remanded in custody until their next court appearances on Monday.

Grayling Manor was the scene of an non-fatal shooting last month.

Police haven’t said if they think the two incidents are related.

If you have information that could held in the ongoing investigation call RCMP at 867-669-1111, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637,

 

 

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.