Yellowknife RCMP locate and arrest prisoner who escaped lawful custody

December 11, 2019
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

News release

A prisoner is facing a charge of Escape Lawful Custody after he escaped while being escorted to Court.

On Saturday, December 7th, 2019, RCMP members were escorting prisoners to the Yellowknife courthouse for court appearances.

During the escort by RCMP members, from the police vehicle to the courthouse cells, the handcuffed prisoner escaped custody. A short foot pursuit ensued, however the prisoner remained at large.

Yellowknife Detachment members were immediately called to assist and located the prisoner moments later in an apartment building near downtown Yellowknife. 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, sec 145 (1) cc.

Yellowknife Detachment has initiated an incident review of the matter.


Contact information

Julie Plourde
Media Relations Officer
Northwest Territories RCMP – Yellowknife, NT
(867) 765-3712

Date modified: