Two youth have been arrested and are facing several charges following some acts of vandalism.
A 17 year-old boy as well as 15 year-old boy — both of whom can’t be named — were taken into custody Jan. 22 after a report of three young people throwing items and spray painting public and private property.
Members of the Ponoka RCMP arrived at Centennial Park shortly after 2 p.m. and arrested the two boys. However, back at the detachment, the older boy began resisting and fighting with the officers as they attempted to place him in a cell.
No one was injured during the altercation, but it did result in a charge being added.
The 17 year-old has been charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000, five counts of failure to comply with conditions and one count of assault of a police officer. He was released on bail and set to appear in Ponoka Provincial Court on Feb. 13.
Meanwhile, the 15 year-old has been charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000 and was also released with a court appearance slated for March 13.
Ponoka RCMP Sgt. Chris Smiley noted the quick arrests were a direct result of the prompt call by the public.
“A call from the public was instrumental in us locating these youth and affecting arrests” he stated in a release.
“Engagement like this from the citizens of Ponoka helps the RCMP work towards crime prevention in our community.”