On December 18, 2019, Jesse Lewis of Avondale was sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to multiple charges that were laid after a series of violent incidents in October, 2018.
On October 17, 2018, RCMP officers from Holyrood, Ferryland, Bay Roberts, Police Dog Services and the Emergency Response Team joined forces with the RNC on a five-hour man hunt for Mr. Lewis.
RCMP in Holyrood initially received a call from a local resident of Conception Harbour at around 8:00 a.m. on October 18, 2018, reporting a stolen vehicle. This was the start of a series of incidents that Lewis was involved in that day. He was arrested by RCMP at approximately 1:30 p.m. that same day at a residence in Conception Harbour.
He was charged with armed robbery, forcible confinement, uttering threats and multiple charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident, in addition to several other Criminal Code charges.