October 31st, 2020

Warrant issued for woman accused of robbery


By Kalinowski, Tim on August 7, 2020.

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald

tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a woman accused of robbing a taxi driver last November and stealing his car.

Crown lawyer Clayton Giles requested the court release a previously held warrant for Jessica Eagle Speaker on Thursday after her lawyer, Shaun Leochko, admitted he had made no progress in reaching her after she failed to appear at her previous court date at the end of July. Leochko said the accused had tried to phone his office a few times, but had left no return number, physical address or email address for him to make contact with her.

She had also not signed his official designation of council as of yet.

Leochko requested the matter return to court on Aug. 20 in anticipation Eagle Speaker would be located before then.

Eagle Speaker faces charges of robbery, uttering threats, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon, possession of stolen property, failure to appear for fingerprinting and two other charges of shoplifting.

Eagle Speaker’s co-accused, Kimberlie Rose Eagle Speaker, pleaded guilty earlier this year to breaching probation, failing to comply with release conditions, possession of stolen property, theft under $5,000, shoplifting and drug possession.

At about 7:40 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2019, a police officer was flagged down by an injured man in the Tim Hortons parking lot on Mildred Dobbs Boulevard North. 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.

-With files from Delon Shurtz

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