December 30, 2013 - 10:14 AM
UPDATE: 9:39 a.m. Dec. 30, 2013
KELOWNA - A police search for an armed man that slowed traffic on the William R. Bennett Bridge the morning of December 19 is over.
Neil Elliott Collins was arrested near a residence December 26 at 5:41 a.m. without incident. He was taken to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment of a personal health matter and his bail hearing was conducted there December 27. He was taken the following day to a jail cell in Kelowna to be held until his next court appearance.
Collins failed to show up for a December 19 court date to face a variety of charges ranging from trafficking to possession of firearms to possession of property obtained through crime. Road blocks were set up to capture Collins, who was wearing an electronic monitoring device. Police believe he tampered with the monitor. A Canada-wide warrant was issued.
Collins appeared in court today. No further details are available at this time.
SEARCH FOR ARMED SUSPECT SLOWED MORNING BRIDGE TRAFFIC DECEMBER 19, 2013
KELOWNA - Bennett Bridge was down to a single lane in both directions Thursday morning as police searched for a man now wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.
Neil Elliott Collins was scheduled to face charges of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm and possession of property obtained by crime and was placed on electronic monitoring to give him time to get his affairs in order. According to RCMP Const. Kris Clark, when he failed to attend court and could not be reached at his residence, police set up road blocks at multiple locations in Kelowna, West Kelowna and areas of the Southeast District.
It is suspected that he may have tampered with his electronic monitoring device and may be attempting to flee the country.
During the course of the investigation, police arrested an 18-year-old West Kelowna woman and a 62-year-old West Kelowna man for Obstruction. Their level of involvement in the matter has not been released, but RCMP say Collins is still at large and may even be armed.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Neil Elliott Collins is asked to call your local police. If seen, do not approach him, rather call 911 immediately. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
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This story was updated at 3:13 p.m., December 30, 2013 to include details provided by the RCMP about the time Collins was arrested and the events that followed, leading to his appearance in court today. As well, the date of his arrest was changed from December 30 to December 26.
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