Violent crime spree ends in Chilliwack arrest

Charges include attempting to kill a police dog

  • Jul. 29, 2017 6:30 a.m.

A man who allegedly attempted to drown a police dog that was pursuing him, is behind bars.

Jonathon David Olson and another man, Brodie Tyrel Robinson, are facing a string of charges following what Chilliwack RCMP describe as a “violent crime spree” last month.

Police were investigating several reports of violent crimes against a “targeted group” in June when they received a report of a man with non-life-threatening injuries in the 8000-block of Lickman Road.

The subsequent investigation pointed to two suspects.

Then on July 1, RCMP responded to a report of a stolen pickup truck being driven on near Yale and Dyke Crest Roads.

Chilliwack RCMP officers, supported by the Lower Mainland Integrated Dog Service (PDS) and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT) quickly located the pickup parked at the Vedder River. A 26-year-old woman was taken into custody while the second occupant of the truck ran away.

Police dog Grinder picked up the scent and the accompanying officer followed the trail through heavy brambles along the river. As Grinder closed in, the suspect moved into deeper water where he allegedly attempted to drown the tracking dog to escape capture.

The suspect was later located and taken into custody by ERT officers.

Loaded firearms and ammunition were seized by officers during their search of the pickup truck.

Police linked the suspect to the Lickman Road complaint.

Jonathon Olson, 38, faces charges of assault with a weapon, attempted kidnapping, possession of a loaded restricted weapon, attempt to kill or maim a law enforcement animal, and possession of stolen property.

The second suspect in the Lickman Road investigation was eventually taken into custody at a later date. Two handguns were seized.

Brodie Robinson, 25, of Chilliwack faces charges of assault with a weapon, attempted kidnapping, and possession of a restricted firearm.

Both remain in custody with Olson next due in court Aug. 4, Robinson Aug. 8.

The woman was released from custody the following day by police.

“The investigation was co-ordinated by the Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Unit. Chilliwack RCMP investigational support sections together with the immediate response of General Duty and Lower Mainland Integrated support sections were instrumental to the identification and apprehension of the suspects,” said Cpl. Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD. “Yes, Grinder is back on patrol”.

The RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS).

Just Posted

Power play woes doom Chilliwack Chiefs in home-ice loss

The Chiefs struggled with the man advantage in a 4-1 loss to Alberni Valley Saturday night.

UPDATE: Poor ventilation likely cause of carbon monoxide incident at Delta farm

All 42 patients have been released from hospital, according to Delta Fire

Man found not guilty in rash of pellet-gun attacks

Incidents took place across Abbotsford in July 2015

High Chilliwack home prices, sales forecast to moderate

2018 sales should be lower than 2017 and 2016, which was the hottest year on record

VIDEO: IHIT identifies Langley murder victim

IHIT is now on scene investigating the death.

VIDEO: Christmas at Kilby feast kicks off holiday eating

Sold-out event driven by volunteer staff

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

VIDEO: Man frustrated that Vancouver taxi driver won’t take him home to New Westminster

Kuldip Gill says that not being able to get a ride to the suburbs is a constant problem

Legacy of Amanda Todd lives on through B.C. foundation

Todd’s mother Carol stresses the importance of putting the phone down and talking with children

UPDATE: Train hits hydro pole, causes outage near Deltaport

No injuries reported but traffic in and out of Deltaport is blocked

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

UBC researchers found the iPhone underestimated steps by 21.5 per cent

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read