Man charged with escaping lawful custody after he flees from Yellowknife RCMP during trip to court

Yellowknife Courthouse (CKLB File photo).

A man is charged with escaping lawful custody after he fled from Mounties while they were taking him to court this past Saturday.

According to an RCMP news release, the handcuffed prisoner was being escorted to the courthouse cells, when he escaped.

It’s not clear exactly where he was when he escaped.

Police state that a short foot pursuit ensued, however the prisoner got away.

“Yellowknife Detachment officers were immediately called to assist and located the prisoner moments later in an apartment building near downtown Yellowknife, Police stated. “The prisoner was brought back into custody and no one was injured during this incident.”

Jacob Smith-Lafferty is now facing a charge of escape lawful custody and the Yellowknife Detachment says it has initiated an incident review of the matter.

Prisoners occasionally appear for bail hearings on the weekend.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.