Winnipeg police deserve a pat on the back this week for their efforts in safely arresting two fugitives who were part of a remarkable jailbreak from the Regina Correctional Centre on Aug. 24. Preston Clarence Buffalocalf
, 22 and Cody Dillon Keenatch
, 19, were found at a downtown apartment block early Wednesday morning and taken into custody without further incident - no small feat considering who we're dealing with and the level of desperation likely involved.Police were apparently acting on a tip and, after conducting surveillance to confirm they were there, took no chances and called out members of their high-risk tactical unit. The canine unit and major crimes officers also played a pivotal role."I know that it sounds like there were a lot of resources there. But it was absolutely necessary to ensure that a safe and thorough search was conducted and that - if we in fact did locate these individuals - we could do so without violence, without injury and without any danger to citizens or police," Winnipeg police Const. Jacqueline Chaput told reporters on Wednesday.No complaints here.
Two other escapees were previously nabbed in Regina - one just minutes after the jailbreak, the other a few days later.Now the focus is on finding the remaining two inmates, both of whom are considered potentially armed and dangerous. Hopefully a similar, safe ending is just around the corner.It wouldn't shock me if both men are also in Winnipeg at this time. And there is no doubt they, along with Buffalocalf and Keenatch, have had some help on the outside in terms of food, clothing, shelter and transportation.Let's hope those people can also be identified, charged and prosecuted.
One of the remaining fugitives, Daniel Richard Wolfe
, was a founder of the Indian Posse street gang. He has strong ties to both The Pas and Winnipeg. He was in custody awaiting trial on two murder charges.
The other is Ryan John Agecoutay
, who is also an IP member with a violent history that includes leading a jailhouse riot.Police in Saskatchewan have also set up a tip line to gather information on what led up to the escape. Callers will not be required to identify themselves. The phone number is 1-866-999-4644 and will operate until Sept. 26.Anyone with information about Wolfe and/or Agecoutay should call their nearest police detachment immediately.