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Merritt man threatened at gunpoint

Three men in a Lincoln Navigator who threatened a Merritt man with a shotgun on Monday night were later arrested by the RCMP.

The incident began just before 9 p.m. when a man was leaving a friend’s house on Voght Street. He told police that he had noticed a vehicle left running near the home and before he got too far down the road in his own car, the SUV had pulled up alongside and overtaken him.

He says a man wearing a balaclava in the rear passenger seat pointed a shotgun at him and yelled some threats and profanities. That’s when the victim braked to a stop and put the car in reverse, managing to drive home. He told police the SUV did not appear to follow him.

Police received a detailed description of the vehicle, which fit a description already known by members of the RCMP. They found the SUV near Nicola and Houston Street around 9: 20 p.m. and arrested the three occupants inside.

All three men, 24-year-old Edward Soviak of Coquitlam BC, 24-year-old Mark Kraljevic of Surrey and Merritt, and 27-year-old Tyler Grieve of Coquitlam and Merritt have been charged and released on recognizance to appear in court in Merritt on March 18, 2014.

According to police, it appears the three suspects mistook the victim for another Merritt resident who is known to police.

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