News

Nanaimo Mounties searching for escaped prisoner

  - Photo contributed
— image credit: Photo contributed

Police are looking for a prisoner who gave a B.C. Corrections officer the slip while being escorted to a meeting Thursday.

Howard Soloman O'Soup, 34, was being escorted with other inmates from Nanaimo Correctional Centre to a meeting in Nanaimo when he went missing at about 7 p.m.

Police are not saying what kind of meeting the inmates were being taken to when O'Soup fled.

"We believe he is still local," said Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. "He does have some contacts here, some family and friends."

O'Brien said O'Soup has an extensive criminal record, mostly for property related offenses, dating back to 1991. Police are cautioning the public not to approach O'Soup.

"You always have to be careful with these people," O'Brien said. "He's made a decision that he wasn't prepared to go back to serve out his time, so therefore, they're extremely dangerous people. If you know where this person is, please let us deal with it."

O'Soup, now wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, is non-Caucasian, 5' 10" tall, 200 lbs., with brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on both arms.

Anyone who knows of O'Soup's whereabouts is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Annual Festival of Trees finds new home at Nanaimo North Town Centre
 
Small change adds up to big difference
 
Election 2014: Bill McKay wins race for Nanaimo mayor
Even rock bands like The Trews have heroes
 
Amrik Virk advised Kwantlen on secret executive bonus
 
Liquor changes could push up prices
Flu vaccine less effective against mutant strain
 
ELECTION 2014: Alberni votes for change
 
Youth has a new voice on Qualicum school board

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 25 edition online now. Browse the archives.