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Court dates set for taxi theft suspects


By Shurtz, Delon on November 19, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Two women accused of robbing a taxi driver and stealing his car will be back in court in the next few weeks.

One of the accused, Jessica Mae Eagle Speaker, made a brief appearance Monday at the case management office in the Lethbridge courthouse. The CMO allows people charged with certain offences to initially adjourn their matters without having to appear before a judge in a courtroom.

Eagle Speaker’s next court appearance at the CMO is scheduled for Dec. 17, while co-accused, Kimberlie Rose Eagle Speaker, is scheduled to attend the courthouse Nov. 28.

At about 7:40 a.m. Nov. 11, a police officer was flagged down by an injured man in the Tim Hortons parking lot along Mildred Dobbs Boulevard North, police reported in a news release. The 68-year-old man told police two women robbed him and stole his taxi cab after he was dispatched to pick up a customer at 7-Eleven on 13 Street North.

One of the women pulled out a knife during the drive, while the other woman was reportedly armed with a gun. The driver stopped the vehicle and after a brief fight managed to escape with non-life-threatening injuries.

The women then took off in the cab with the driver’s cash, tablet and cellphone.

The taxi was found abandoned in a northside alley, but police followed two sets of footprints to a residence in the 2000 block of 13 Avenue North.

A suspect was arrested without incident after returning to the home a short time later, and a second suspect was arrested without incident at a cordon point at 5 Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive North.

The tablet, cellphone and knife were recovered by police.

Kimberlie Rose Eagle Speaker, 31, of Lethbridge, is charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, theft of a vehicle, possession of a dangerous weapon and breach of a recognizance.

Jessica Mae Eagle Speaker, 38, of Lethbridge, is charged with robbery, uttering threats, theft of a vehicle and possession of a dangerous weapon. Both women were released shortly after their arrest by a justice of the peace.

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