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Sentencing delayed for Delta crime spree suspect: Crown

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

One of these might have come in handy at Welland city hall, Tuesday.

One of these might have come in handy at Welland city hall, Tuesday.

A Delta man charged in an alleged crime spree is expected to have those charges considered as “aggravating” factors for a previous purse snatching he’s already pleaded guilty to, according to the Crown.

Jonathon Gerald Leblanc was out on bail and awaiting sentencing for a theft and robbery committed in July when police arrested him on Jan. 5 after the alleged spree, in which four people were hurt.

Prosecutor Brian Shaw said on Tuesday the new allegations — which police said include an ATM robbery, multiple vehicle robberies and subsequent collisions, three slashings and a stabbing — have significantly delayed the earlier case. Shaw said nobody was hurt in the purse snatching.

“This sentencing could be put off for months until they figure out what they want to do on the other charges,” he said.

Police allege the 30-year-old first crashed on Highway 91 in Richmond, and then fled to a nearby home, stabbing the owner several times.

Police said he’s alleged to have stolen that victim’s car, driven to Vancouver, slashed and robbed someone at a Toronto-Dominion banking machine, and crashed the car again.

Two more people — a couple with children in their car — were slashed when they pulled over to assist, police said.

The couple drove off and Leblanc is alleged to have ran to a nearby gas station where another car was stolen before it was crashed later in Surrey as police gave chase.

Shaw said the new charges are all “aggravating features of his personality, his background and his threat to the community,” and would be considered during sentencing.

Leblanc is next expected at B.C. Provincial Court in Vancouver on Feb. 6 on 16 charges related to the January incident.




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