Local agent Albert Saunders (photo) told DailyMail.com how he stopped Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky on July 22 in Split Lake, northern Manitoba, but let them go
A police officer described DailyMailTV how he stopped – but then let go – the two alleged teenage serial killers because the news about their triple killing had not reached his small town in Manitoba, Canada.
Local agent Albert Saunders stopped teenagers Kam McLeod (19) and Bryer Schmegelsky (18) and searched their gray Toyota RAV4 from 2011 after they blew through a police checkpoint in Split Lake in northern Manitoba on July 22.
Saunders said in an exclusive interview: "I didn't really know those guys were on the run, so I didn't think much about it until after they posted their pictures the next day," & # 39; said Saunders.
The couple is said to commit a murder by British Columbia, 1800 km from where Saunders is located.
But the Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned local law enforcement only to look out for McLeod and Schmegelsky, both from Vancouver Island, British Columbia on July 23 – the day after Saunders saw them.
Saunders described how he has now been destroyed with guilt after discovering that he could have put the alleged serial killers in their tracks.
& # 39; I feel that I could have done something more like I should have done before, & # 39; he said.
Saunders said the teenagers drove past him and his partner agent Morgan Spence at a traffic control post in RAV4, which had not yet been reported stolen from the murder victim Leonard Dyck.
Saunders said: & # 39; They slowed down and then drove past. I had the lights on and I was standing outside the truck. Me and my partner jumped in the truck and we stopped them. & # 39;
Saunders said the boys chased the police and stopped.
He said: “They turned off their engine and I asked them why they didn't stop, they had to stop when the lights were on.
The manhunt on Kam McLeod, 19 (left) and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 (right) of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, has now been moved to the small village of York Landing in Manitoba
& # 39; They just told me & # 39; sorry & # 39 ;. I asked them where they came from. & # 39; Vancouver & # 39; they said to me. They looked scared.
& # 39; I spoke to the one with the mustache, Kam McLeod. He kept saying: & # 39; Sorry & # 39 ;. They didn't say where they were going. & # 39;
Saunders said he and his partner subsequently inspected the vehicle.
& # 39; I told them I was going to search quickly, and then I looked up, & # 39; said Saunders. & # 39; They kept looking at each other. There were a few boxes in the back. & # 39;
Saunders only found survival equipment and maps when he searched the car. He saw no weapons.
Saunders said: & I said they had to stop the next time there was a situation like this, and they said & # 39; yes & # 39; and & # 39; sorry & # 39 ;, and they went. They drove into town, got some gas, and then went. They were on their way to Gillam. & # 39;
They did go to Gillam, a small town 100 miles east of Lake Split. The stolen RAV4 was burned there on July 23.
Because officers at the traffic stop at Lake Split are unarmed and have no bulletproof vests, Saunders said he felt that he was also watching death that day.
& # 39; After finding out who they were, I realized that I could have been shot or that something had happened to us. I thought about it a lot after I found out, & he said.
The bodies of Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23 (photo) were found on April 15 in Liard Hot Springs, Northern British Columbia
They also killed Vancouver botanist Leonard Dyck, 64, in Dease Lake, British Columbia, before he stole his gray 2011 Toyota RAV4. It was this SUV that Constable Saunders stopped the men on July 22. At the time it was not reported stolen
This map shows the movements of teenagers in recent days and where the murders took place throughout Canada
Constable Saunder & # 39; s cousin, Split Lake City Councilor Robert Spence, described how the officers found nothing in the car of the alleged killers.
He told DailyMailTV: & # 39; Morgan was talking to the thinner, Schmegelsky. He was silent. Morgan said they should look around, check their vehicle for alcohol or drugs.
& # 39; But looking at the vehicle they were driving in, the officer said there was only survival gear, blankets, and lots of maps.
& # 39; They said they would just join the community, refuel and set off again. & # 39;
Alderman Spence added that he believed that the officers, unaware of the alleged murder of the teenagers, were lucky enough to walk away with their lives.
& # 39; They were shocked. They said something could have happened, especially two police officers who were not equipped or equipped with personal protective equipment, & he told DailyMailTV.
& # 39; (Spence and Saunders were) dressed just like you and me, just normal clothes, no uniforms, no guns, no pepper spray, no batons, nothing, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; They just stop entering vehicles in the community for alcohol and drugs. They were so lucky that they weren't shot or killed because they stopped those two people. & # 39;
At a press conference in Surrey, British Columbia on July 23 – the day after Saunders stopped the teenagers – Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Janelle Shoihet named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in three murders
McLeod and Schmegelsky are accused of killing Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, and her Australian friend, 23-year-old Lucas Fowler in Liard Hot Springs, in northern British Columbia.
They also killed Vancouver botanist Dyck, 64, in Dease Lake, British Columbia, before he stole his car.
The Deese and Fowler & # 39; s bodies were found on July 15, Dyck & # 39; s were found on July 19.
After discovering their burnt car in Gillam, the police moved their search for the couple to York Landing, a small town with a population of 443, after reports that the couple was spotted looking for food in a landfill.
RCMP has issued a tweet stating that & # 39; it is crucial & # 39; that residents of York Landing & # 39; stay indoors as much as possible with their doors locked & # 39 ;.
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