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.

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


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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