GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have arrested a 30 year-old male in connection with the death of a man in the Home Hardware parking lot on May 14th.
The case began on Saturday when 34-year-old Abbotsford resident Nikkolas Steenhuisen exited the Home Hardware store and observed a man who was not known to him inside his truck. Steenhuisen confronted the man who fled to another truck and attempted to drive away. During the course of trying to apprehend the suspect, Steenhuisen hopped onto the running board of the truck driven by the suspect when it collided with another parked vehicle, pinning him between the two vehicles. The suspect drove away leaving Steenhuisen severely injured in the parking lot of Home Hardware store. Police and emergency services were called to the scene at 12:55 p.m., where they found the victim who was transported to QE2 hospital in Grande Prairie, then airlifted to an Edmonton-area hospital. Steenhuisen succumbed to his injuries before reaching Edmonton.
The investigation moved rapidly after police located a burned out pick-up truck in a rural area outside of the city later that same day. Members of the RCMP Auto Theft Unit and Forensic Identification Section (FIS) examined the vehicle and determined it was the same stolen truck which was involved in the incident this past Saturday.
30-year-old Grande Prairie resident Michael Ginter has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of possession of property obtained by crime exceeding $5,000.00. Ginter is in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Mr. Steenhuisen’s family is very grateful for the public’s assistance and support during this difficult time and would ask that members of the public and the media kindly respect their privacy as they cope with their loss.