Wanted fugitive sent from Terrace back to Alberta

TERRACE RCMP helped set a record by sending a wanted fugitive back to another province to face criminal charges.

  • Aug. 8, 2013 6:00 a.m.

TERRACE RCMP is one of the detachments in the province who helped set a record by sending a wanted fugitive back to another province to face criminal charges.

On July 26, Michael Schofield was arrested here, remanded in custody and was transported to Vermillion, Alberta on August 2. His warrants are for mischief, uttering threats, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fleeing from police in a motor vehicle and impaired driving.

He also has outstanding warrants from Grande Prairie, Alberta for mischief, fail to appear and resisting arrest. He was identified as a candidate for the BC Fugitive Return Program (BCFRP) by Stewart R.C.M.P.

A new record was set in the province in July with seven wanted fugitives shipped back to other provinces to face criminal charges.

“By identifying wanted fugitives and returning them to face criminal charges in other provinces, there is no doubt that B.C. is now safer,” explains Cpl. Trish Robinson, the B.C. Fugitive Return Program Coordinator.

“Through a coordinated effort between the RCMP, the B.C. Sheriff Services and our municipal police partners, we are making sure that fugitives are not using B.C. to hide from the consequences of their actions elsewhere. We are also hoping that by bringing these fugitives to justice, some closure will be brought to their victims.”

The BC Fugitive Return Program is a program managed by the RCMP and a joint management team consisting of the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP with financing from the Civil Forfeiture Office within the BC government.

On February 15, 2012, the Government of BC, the RCMP, all BC Municipal Police Agencies, and the BC Sheriff Services signed a Memorandum of Understanding which led to the establishment of a protocol governing the program.

Other individuals returned to other provinces are:

On July 5, James Saunders was escorted from Campbell River, B.C. to London, Ontario. He had outstanding warrants for Assault, Utter Death Threats, two counts of Fail to Comply with a Recognizance and Fail to Attend Court.

On July 10, Robert Kramar was transported from Kamloops, B.C. to Winnipeg, Manitoba. His warrants were for Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference. He was identified as a candidate for BCFRP by Kelowna RCMP.

On July 11, Brendan Bredow was transported from Vancouver, B.C. to Hamilton, Ontario. He had outstanding warrants for Break and Enter and Breach of Probation, but was also found to be in breach of both the Ontario and National Sex Offender registries.

On July 22, Christopher Dodgshon was transported from Surrey, B.C. to North Battleford, Saskatchewan. His warrants included three counts of Assault Police Officer, Possession of a Weapon, Assault, Utter Threats and Resist Arrest. He was identified as a candidate for BCFRP by Abbotsford Police Department.

On July 22, Elijah Kozak was transported from Victoria, B.C. to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault.

On July 29, 2013, Charissa Leitch was transported from Victoria, B.C. to Calgary, Alberta on outstanding warrants for Possession of Stolen Property, Breach of Probation, Fail to Attend Court and numerous Alberta Traffic Safety Act offences.

Schofield, Saunders, Kramar, Bredow, Dodgshon, Kozak and Leitch and are the 41st through 47th returns facilitated by the BCFRP since September 2011.