A man who pleaded guilty seven years ago to being behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck and killed a White Rock woman is now facing charges in connection with four robberies that occurred at a Guildford-area convenience store over a five-week period last fall.
Surrey RCMP announced Wednesday that 26-year-old Kyle Brandon Danyliuk was arrested following a three-month investigation by the detachment’s robbery unit.
Police say the investigation began after a store in the 15100-block of 96 Avenue was robbed on Oct. 23. The store was held up three more times between that date and Nov. 29, 2018.
According to court records online, Danyliuk’s robbery charges are connected to incidents that occurred Oct. 23, Nov. 18, Nov. 24 and Nov. 29.
Cpl. Elenore Sturko said the charges were sworn on Jan. 17.
There are 14 in all: four counts of robbery, four counts of committing an indictable offence with face covered, three counts of possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, one count of using an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence and two counts of uttering or using a forged or false credit card.
“The efforts made investigating these occurrences and identifying the suspect, is a demonstration of the hard work and commitment our officers provide on a daily basis,” Insp. Beth McAndie, major crime senior investigator, said in the release.
She added that hard work by Surrey officers is paying off.
“Recent crime statistics indicate robberies in Surrey continue to be on a downward trend with a 19 per cent decrease from 2017 to 2018, which is an indication of the prevention and enforcement efforts of the Surrey RCMP.”
Danyliuk pleaded guilty to charges including dangerous driving causing death in February 2012 to the May 18, 2011 hit-and-run death of 56-year-old Marilyn Laursen.
Laursen was crossing Johnston Road at Thrift Avenue with a friend around 9:30 p.m. when Danyliuk, driving his girlfriend’s car, sped through the intersection, hitting Laursen in the crosswalk. He fled the scene, dumped the car and was arrested two months later, following an intensive investigation.
At his sentencing hearing in September 2012, Danyliuk acknowledged he was “driving a car when I shouldn’t have been.”
“I’ve ruined the lives of a lot of people, plus myself.”
He was later sentenced to two years in jail.
Anyone with information that may assist the latest police investigation is asked to contact police at 604-599-0502. To remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca
Danyliuk is next due in Surrey Provincial Court on Feb. 19.