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Brantford Police ServiceTwo men wanted after stolen vehicle involved in multiple motor collisions

Brantford police continue to investigate an incident that occurred in the City’s north end after a stolen vehicle was involved in multiple motor vehicle collisions before fleeing from police. 

Two male suspects remain outstanding; one has been identified and a warrant issued for his arrest. The other suspect has yet to be identified. 

Police are seeking information from witnesses, including video surveillance footage which may be available. 

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Brantford Police Service received a call from a concerned citizen to advise of a suspicious vehicle and possible impaired driver located within a parking lot at Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

Officers attended and located the vehicle in question. Two men were observed within the vehicle. Both men appeared to be unconscious. 

Investigation revealed the vehicle had previously been reported as stolen from a neighbouring jurisdiction.

Police cruisers and tire deflation devices were positioned in an effort to prevent the subject vehicle from vacating the parking space.

The suspects awoke and the driver utilized the stolen vehicle to ram the police cruisers and a civilian’s motor vehicle in an effort to flee the scene.

With significant damage to the vehicle, the suspects drove recklessly with no regard for public safety, proceeding thru the mall parking lot, heading westbound through two West Street parking lots before entering a residential neighbourhood where the suspects abandoned the vehicle, fleeing on foot. 

After a short foot pursuit, officers located the driver of the vehicle in the rear yard of a residence. The accused then is reported to have sprayed two police officers with bear spray to facilitate his escape.

As a result of the incident, two police cruisers and one civilian motor vehicle, were damaged. Other property damage was sustained. No personal injury occurred. 

The subject vehicle, a 2005, red GMC Sierra pick-up truck was recovered by police. 

SUSPECT DESCRIPTIONS:

photo of suspects wanted for crime

Suspect #1: Identified as – Joshua Evan BEAVER, 33, from Brantford

  • 6’3”
  • 248 lbs., heavy build
  • Brown hair, brown eyes
  • Male 
  • Indigenous

A warrant has been issued for BEAVER’s arrest for the following Criminal Code violations:

  • Possession of stolen good over $5000
  • Dangerous Operation 
  • Flight from Police Officer 
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking 
  • Operation while Prohibited by Order x 7
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose 
  • Assault with weapon x 2

If observed, police are reminding the public to not approach the suspects and contact police at 9-1-1.

Suspect #2 

  • male, approximately 20-30 years of age

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