May 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM
KELOWNA – Two fugitives wanted outside B.C. have been arrested and returned to their home provinces in the past two weeks by a RCMP fugitive return program in the Okanagan.
Six men in total were arrested across B.C. as part of the program, which according to a RCMP media release, helps hold suspected criminals responsible and prevents further criminal activity in B.C.
Chad Robert Murray was wanted in Mayerthorpe, Alta. for assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, robbery, break and enter and three counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. He was also wanted in Morinville, Alta. for assault and uttering threats and in St. Albert, Alta. for breach and two counts of failing to comply with probation terms. He was thought to be in Kelowna but was arrested in Princeton April 23. He was returned to Alberta on May 3.
A second, unnamed man with warrants in Renfrew, Ont. was arrested by Kelowna RCMP and transported back to Ontario on April 18.
Since the Fugitive Return Program began in 2012, 141 individuals have been returned to their home provinces where they face prosecution, police say.
John Grande and Matthew Hawrysh were both wanted in Saskatoon, Sask. for firearms and drug trafficking offences from 2013. Both men were arrested in Vancouver and transported back to Saskatchewan April 14.
Montana Quesnel was wanted in Edmonton, Alta. for assault causing bodily harm and 18 other charges charges. He was arrested by the Vancouver Police Department as well and, on April 19, transported back to Alberta.
Randy Douglas McPhadyen was wanted in Spirit River, Alberta for assault with a weapon, uttering threats, failing to comply with a recognizance, failing to attend court and two counts of failing to comply with probation. He was arrested by Terrace RCMP on April 20. Crown agreed to release McPhadyen on a recognizance with a court appearance in Alberta.
The B.C. Fugitive Return Program is managed by the RCMP and a joint management team consisting of the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP. The program is funded by the Civil Forfeiture Office and B.C. Sheriff Services under the Court Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice.
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