An 18-year-old woman faces new charges after escaping custody and leading police including the K9 unit on a brief manhunt.

Maiya Klengenberg was arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store in March. She busted loose from RCMP custody for several hours while leaving Stanton Territorial Hospital shortly after 11 p.m. May 19.

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Additional police resources including NT RCMP police dog services scoured the area until she was spotted downtown at about 1:45 a.m. She was found hiding in a yard.

“She was arrested and brought back to the hospital for medical treatment of a non-life threatening injury sustained while being engaged by Police Dog Services during her arrest,” a police news said. “She was later transported back to Yellowknife detachment.”

Klengenberg’s alleged accomplice in the March robbery is Devon Larabie, 27. He is accused of killing Breanna Menacho, 22, May 5 while on bail.

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Maiya Klengenberg,, 18, of Yellowknife, escaped police custody as she was being escorted from Stanton Territorial Hospital on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:10 p.m. After a search with additional Yellowknife detachment members and the NWT police dog services, she was located and apprehended again “in the vicinity” of 52 Street, say police.
photo screenshot of the City of Yellowknife from Google Maps

Klengenberg is scheduled to appear in court May 21. None of the charges against her or Larabie have been proven in court.

The Yellowknife detachment has is conducting an “incident review” of the event.

Police are asking that anyone with information on this incident or suspicious activity is asked to call Yellowknife RCMP at 669-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637.


Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University...

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