Ponoka RCMP Identify third suspect and issue warrant – ARRESTED

Ponoka, Alberta – Yesterday, Edmonton Police arrested Michael James Racicot on his outstanding warrants from events on March 16 in Ponoka.

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Racicot has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Ponoka Provincial Court on April 21 at 9:30 am.

BACKGROUND:

Ponoka RCMP can confirm that they have now correctly identified the third suspect involved in multi-jurisdictional offences, and they have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Following a series of driving events involving stolen vehicles, on March 16, 2017, RCMP arrested three males and laid charges against all three suspects. Two suspects were held in custody and a third was released with a court date. Subsequent information was received that RCMP had named and charged the wrong person as a result of his presenting stolen identification to the RCMP.

An apology was issued by the RCMP for implicating the wrong person, who was, in fact, a victim of stolen identification.

As a result of further investigation, a suspect has been identified. A warrant of arrest has been issued for 30-year-old Michael James Racicot. It is not known where he resides, but he may have links to either Fort Saskatchewan or Red Deer. He is facing a total of 31 criminal code charges for his involvement in this series of crimes.

Racicot is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • 5’10” tall / 180 lbs
  • Black hair / blue eyes

The Ponoka RCMP are seeking public assistance in locating Racicot. If you see Racicot or have information about his whereabouts, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.

Ponoka RCMP


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