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‘Collective, highly-violent event’ in Coquitlam Tuesday as two suspects still on the run

Click to play video: 'Two suspects still at large after Tri-Cities spree'
Two suspects still at large after Tri-Cities spree
Two suspects remain at large after a chaotic scene that played out in the Tri-Cities during the Tuesday afternoon commute. Christa Dao has the details – Nov 23, 2022

Two suspects remained at large Wednesday after what police describe as a “collective, highly-violent event” in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam on Tuesday afternoon.

Two people who are known to police are also in custody.

“We’re still concerned they are out in the community,” Coquitlam RCMP Insp. Darren Carr said at a media briefing Wednesday, speaking of the remaining suspects.

Click to play video: 'Coquitlam RCMP ask for video from public after violent crime spree'
Coquitlam RCMP ask for video from public after violent crime spree
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‘Collective, highly-violent event’: Coquitlam RCMP on chaotic incident and concern for community

Employees at the Journey Approved car dealership in Port Coquitlam remain shaken from the brazen armed robbery.

About 12 were working at the dealership around 3:30 p.m. when masked and armed people were seen stealing a black Mercedes CL350.

They told Global News on Wednesday morning they did not see much because they were hidden under their desks.

However, in a statement, Jeff Kornatowsky, the dealer principal, said members of staff were “physically battered” and had their personal belongings stolen. One staff member had to go to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

As the incident continued, police said the suspects crashed the stolen vehicle on Highway 1 near the King Edward overpass and then tried to escape on foot.

Read more: Three suspects charged after kidnapping in Merritt, B.C., police say

Click to play video: 'Large police incident in Coquitlam with ‘multiple scenes’'
Large police incident in Coquitlam with ‘multiple scenes’

One of the four was quickly found and arrested, while another was found in Surrey after allegedly carjacking a vehicle.

Carr said charges are expected in the near future.

He said they are still trying to determine how many shots were fired by police and the suspects during the incident at multiple scenes.

“We were responding to force in like. If we are in a heavily populated area, our officers perform a risk inspection,” Carr said.

RCMP is hoping to have a description of the outstanding suspects released to the public soon.

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