RCMP don’t believe Sushi Café truck smash was intentional

Yellowknife police say they do not think the ramming of a truck into the city’s downtown Sushi Café on Sunday was intentional.

On Wednesday, the Yellowknifer newspaper quoted the café’s owners (paywall) as suggesting the incident may have been on purpose – the result of an altercation between staff and a drunk customer.

However, in a news release on Thursday afternoon, RCMP said they “do not believe the incident was intentional to the location.”


Asked by Cabin Radio how they were able to reach that conclusion, police declined to comment further, saying that information formed part of an ongoing investigation.

Police said they believe the truck, a white Ford F-150, was probably stolen.

“The investigation indicates that the vehicle was taken without the owner’s consent,” read Thursday’s statement.

The truck hit the Franklin Avenue café’s exterior wall shortly before 5am on Sunday, after which the driver and any occupants fled before police arrived. Nobody was inside the building at the time.

RCMP issued a fresh appeal for anyone with information about the incident to get in touch. You can call Yellowknife RCMP on 867-669-1111 or call Crime Stoppers toll-free and anonymously on 1-800-222-TIPS.