Charges laid against Abbotsford carjacking suspect

Steve Martin Jasper of Surrey also faces charges in six other communities.

In January

In January

A suspect has been charged in relation to a carjacking that took place in Abbotsford in December.

Steve Martin Jasper, 30, of Surrey has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of break and enter, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, robbery, and the use of an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the investigation, led by Abbotsford Police in cooperation with other police agencies, also looked into 100 incidents in which Jasper had possible links in other jurisdictions.

As a result, he also faces another 10 charges in Burnaby, Langley, Vancouver, Maple Ridge, New Westminster and West Vancouver for crimes such as assault with a weapon, break and enter, theft, and two other robberies using a fake gun.

The Abbotsford offence took place on Dec. 21 at about 5 pm., when police were called to a break-in at a home in the 30000 block of Nicholson Road.

When officers arrived, the suspect fled in a 2005 Chevy Silverado pickup and struck a police car parked at the end of the driveway.

Minutes later, police deployed a spike belt, which deflated one of the truck’s tires.

The suspect sped south on Mt. Lehman Road and, while travelling in the wrong lane, sideswiped a Chevy Cavalier, which ended up in a ditch at Cardinal Avenue.

The Silverado was found abandoned at Mt. Lehman Road and Automall Drive.

A woman on the scene told officers that a man with a handgun had forced her out of her 2006 Toyota Corolla.

A witness who had seen the carjacking followed the stolen Toyota as it headed west along Highway 1, but lost sight of it. The Toyota was later found at a shopping complex in Burnaby.

In early January, the Abbotsford Police Department released a composite sketch of the suspect in hopes of gathering more leads.