Charges laid against two suspects in robberies in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford

CHARGES have been laid against a 22-year-old Abbotsford resident and a 21-year-old Calgary resident after a joint investigation into three robberies that occurred in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford between October 2 and 11, 2021.

Investigators from the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit, Langley RCMP and Abbotsford Police Department conducted a coordinated investigation in order to advance all three investigations with Surrey taking the lead. The investigations included robberies that are alleged to have occurred at the following locations:

  • October 2 at a cell phone store located in the 16000-block of 24 Avenue in Surrey
  • October 10 at a cell phone store located in the 20100-block of 88 Avenue in Langley
  • October 11 at a pharmacy in the 3600-block of Townline Road in Abbostford

On November 18, search warrants were executed at a residence in Abbotsford as well as a residence in Calgary with the assistance of the Calgary Police Service. One suspect was arrested in Calgary.

On December 17, the BC Prosecution Service laid 16 charges against two suspects and warrants were issued for their arrests.

Erat Odongi, 22, of Abbotsford has been charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of forcible confinement. Abbotsford Police Department located and arrested him on his outstanding warrants on December 20.

Jaden Kahnapace-Newton, 21, of Calgary has been charged with three counts of robbery, three counts of forcible confinement, three counts of breach of release order, trafficking property obtained by a crime, and possession of property obtained by crime.

“While none of the employees sustained significant physical injures, these types of crimes can have a lasting emotional impact,” noted Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Cpl. Vanessa Munn. “We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of our policing partners in Langley, Abbotsford and Calgary, for helping advance these multi-jurisdictional robbery investigations.”