Halfway house escapee caught in Victoria

Twenty-year-old man wanted by Vancouver policew

  • Jun. 29, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Police in Victoria captured one of Vancouver’s most wanted: a man who had fled a halfway house on the Lower Mainland.

VicPD Const. Mike Russell said the suspect had recently been publicized in a list of Vancouver’s most-sought criminals and was the subject of a Canadawide warrant.

VicPD officers were patrolling the 2600-block of Quadra St. just after 11 p.m. Monday, when they saw a man acting suspiciously, who was not related to their investigation.

Officers believed the man was going to rob a convenience store, so they stopped and questioned him. He was evasive and gave a false name. A search found a hunting knife in his front pocket. He tried to run, but was stopped and arrested.

Back in police cells, he was identified as the wanted man out of Vancouver. The 20-year-old, originally from Esquimalt, was transferred into federal custody and hit with possible additional charges of robbery, possession of a weapon and obstruction.