Langley RCMP cruiser

Quick arrest in Langley carjacking

Abbotsford man faces trial in feb. 9 incident in the 6300 block of 204 Street

A suspect in a Langley carjacking didn’t get very far.

Langley RCMP arrested the man on Feb. 9, a few minutes after he used an imitation firearm to force a Maple Ridge woman from her car.

She was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle waiting for her husband in the 6300 block of 204 Street at around 9:40 p.m.

When the woman heard the driver’s door open, she thought it was her husband joining her.

Instead, she heard an unfamiliar voice telling her to get out of the vehicle.

When she looked up she saw the man had a firearm pointed at her.

The woman pushed the gun away and got out.

The suspect took off in the vehicle.

About eight minutes after officers arrived at the scene, a report came in of a collision a few blocks away.

The stolen car had crashed into a hydro pole in the 6200 block of 238A Street and the driver had fled on foot.

A police dog found him hiding in a nearby garden shed.

A search of the car found what police described as “a very real looking replica” gun.

Dustin Joseph Murphy, 31, has been charged with robbery, possession of stolen property over $5,000, theft of a motor vehicle, use of an imitation firearm while committing an offence, driving while prohibited and failing to comply with a probation order.

He is currently in custody and will next appear in Surrey Provincial Court on 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, officer in charge 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,” he added.

“Client support and victim services have been fully engaged to provide the victim with any necessary support.”