Man who fled sentencing in B.C. captured in Portage La Prairie

Winnipeg police say a man who fled from a halfway house in B.C. has been taken into custody.

On Nov. 6, the Manitoba Integrated Violent Offender Apprehension Unit (MIVOAU) reportedly received a tip from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), asking for help locating a man who was believed to have fled to Manitoba.

VPD says a week earlier, the man, 28-year-old Jessie Gerald Joe Martin-French was believed to have fled from a halfway house in British Columbia.

At the time, Martin-French was serving a sentence for guns and drug-related offences.

VPD issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.

With assistance from members of the Manitoba First Nations Police, the MIVOAU officers searched several residences in Portage La Prairie, MB. looking for Martin-French.

During one of these searches, he reportedly tried to run from officers by jumping out of a bedroom window, but was captured after a short foot pursuit.

Martin-French was taken to the Stony Mountain Institution, where he will await transportation back to B.C.

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