Less than 24 hours after four inmates broke out of jail in Red Deer, Alta. on Tuesday police said three of the four escapees have been arrested.
Shortly after 9 p.m., Innisfail RCMP said 52-year-old Douglas Brian Power and 26-year-old Quinn Russel Peterson were taken into police custody east of Innisfail.
Police said officers from the Innisfail RCMP detachment were called by Blackfalds RCMP to respond to a stolen black Dodge pickup truck with a red tailgate. Mounties were able to track down the vehicle through tips from the public and from an Alberta Parks conservation officer.
“The vehicle was followed at a distance and later located parked and vacant in a field in Red Deer County, east of Innisfail and south of Highway 42 on Range Road 265,” the RCMP said in a news release.
Moments thereafter, police said they were told of an ATV being stolen from a yard near where the truck was abandoned.
“While trying to break out of the police containment the ATV ran into a police vehicle that was parked in an approach,” police said.
At that point, police alleged the two suspects who were on the ATV ran away on foot. They were arrested soon after with the help of a police dog.
Power and Peterson are now in police custody after they, along with two other inmates, escaped from the remand centre in downtown Red Deer just after midnight on Tuesday.
Staff at the correctional facility told the RCMP that the men escaped through a broken window. One of the escapees was arrested very close to the remand centre shortly after he left but Power, Peterson and 28-year-old Dallas Albert Rain were successful in their escape. Rain remains on the loose.
Cpl. Gary Kroeker said inmates escaping is very rare. In his 17-year career with the RCMP, he said this is only the second time he’s experienced it.
Police said the escaped inmates should not be considered a danger to the public, but that they should not be approached. Anyone who spots the men is asked to call 911 or Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.
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