Richmond RCMP capture wanted fugitive

Richmond, Oliver, BC – The Richmond RCMP is ushering in the New Year with the arrest of a wanted fugitive. Erica Esquieres, 26, has been wanted since July of 2019. She is facing 26+ charges for fraud and related offences from multiple jurisdictions across the province, with 15 charges originating from Richmond alone.

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Similar to historical excursions of the Mounties of old, tales of long treks across snow covered landscapes tracking and arresting a fugitives on the run still holds true in present day. Acting on several investigative tips, a team of Richmond RCMP officers set off from Richmond and traveled over 400 km to the town of Oliver, British Columbia.

Esquieres was located and arrested in the 7000 block of Tuc-el-Nuit Drive on the morning of January 3, 2020. She is being held at Oliver pending a transfer to Richmond on Friday January 10, 2020.

“She was one of our most wanted suspects. We were highly motivated in locating her whereabouts and ensuring she be returned to stand trial. Officers from our Property Crime Unit and our Economic Crime Unit made up the arrest team, and welcomed this chain of events to start off the New Year. Staying true to form, even at the end, Esquieres attempted to deceive our officers to avoid capture,” says Sergeant Gene Hsieh, NCO i/c Organized Crime Unit. “Fortunately, each and every officer on the arrest team, was quite familiar with Esquieres and her modus operandi,” adds Sgt. Hsieh.

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