Peace Regional RCMP pursue and arrest escaped prisoner

Peace River, Alberta – Following a series of events where a male suspect was arrested, escaped custody and fled, forced entry into a private residence and engaged the RCMP in an altercation, John William Roberts has been arrested and charged by Peace Regional.

On Tuesday, February 21 at approximately 5:50 p.m., an RCMP member observed a suspicious vehicle and while approaching to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle entered a ditch and the male driver fled. The suspect enlisted the help of an unknowing homeowner to provide him a ride. The suspect male was then located as a passenger in this vehicle, not associated to him, and he was arrested and brought into police custody. The male managed to escape from the police vehicle and fled on foot.

With the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services, the suspect male was tracked to a nearby residence where he forced entry into the residence. Following an altercation with the RCMP member within the residence the male fled from the residence on foot.

Additional RCMP members engaged in pursuing the male, where he was eventually located having climbed a tree. Following negotiations with the on scene RCMP members, the male eventually cooperated and climbed down. He was placed under arrest and secured in police custody.

Roberts is facing the following thirteen criminal code charges stemming from this incident:

  • Escape lawful custody
  • Break and enter to a dwelling house (x2)
  • Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer
  • Assault police officer
  • Choking to overcome resistance to commission of offence
  • Obstruction
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Possession of a firearm while prohibited
  • Possession of break-in instruments

Roberts was also wanted on an arrest warrant out of Stony Plain, Alberta.

A judicial interim release hearing has been held and Roberts and he not spoken to release. He has a court date scheduled at the Provincial Court of Alberta in Peace River on March 6th, 2017 and another date at the Provincial Court of Alberta in Stony Plain on March 8th, 2017. Neither the bystander who gave Roberts a ride, nor the homeowner of the residence, were injured during any of these events.

“We are very happy that no innocent bystanders were injured and that our RCMP member did not suffer serious injury during this incident ”, says Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer, Detachment Commander of Peace Regional RCMP. “The RCMP appreciates the assistance that we received and are pleased to successfully bring these incidents to a close.”

Peace Regional RCMP


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