An Abbotsford man has been charged with allegedly forcing a Langley woman out of her car at gunpoint last week.
On Feb. 9 at 9:40 p.m., the victim was sitting in the passenger seat of her car in the 6300 block of 204th Street, waiting for her husband to come back.
The driver’s side door opened, and a stranger told her to get out of the vehicle, said Cpl. Holly Largy, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
The woman looked up at the unfamiliar voice and found a gun pointed at her. She pushed the gun away and got out of the car, Largy said.
The driver took off with the car.
It was not long before Langley RCMP found the suspect.
Officers were alerted to a crash in the 6200 block of 238A Street just eight minutes after the carjacking.
A vehicle matching the description of the stolen car had slammed into a Hydro pole, and the driver had run away.
Lower Mainland Police Dog Services arrived within two minutes of the crash and began tracking the suspect.
They found a man hiding in a nearby garden shed and arrested him.
Inside the stolen car, police found a realistic-looking replica firearm, Largy said.
Dustin Joseph Murphy, 31, has now been charged with robbery, motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen property over $5,000, use of an imitation firearm while committing an offence, and other charges.
He is being held in custody and his next court appearance is Feb. 22.
“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this investigation where quickly evolving circumstances allowed for a speedy arrest,” said Supt. Murray Power, head of the Langley RCMP detachment.
“It shouldn’t be lost on any of us that the victim’s experience for that period of time would have been nothing short of terrifying,” Power said. “Our Client Support and Victim Services have been fully engaged to provide the victim with any necessary support.”