On November 8, 2015, 26 year-old Jason McGinn was arrested without incident in Rocky Mountain House after having been on the run since October 26, 2015 when he managed to steal a marked police vehicle during a prisoner transfer from Thorsby RCMP to Drayton Valley RCMP and escape police custody. The police vehicle was discovered a short distance from the scene on the same day, however McGinn had managed to elude police until his arrest in Rocky Mountain House this past Sunday.
McGinn is facing ten new charges in addition to those for which he had been in custody originally. The charges include:
– Possession of Stolen Property
– Driving a Motor Vehicle while Prohibited
– Numerous charges pertaining to violations of pervious release conditions
McGinn is scheduled to appear in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on November 18, 2015.
In relation to his escape from custody in Throsby, McGinn is facing the following Criminal Code charges:
– Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle x 2
– Assault with a weapon x 2
– Mischief x 4
– Escape lawful custody
– Drive while suspended x 2
– Breach of Recognizance x 5
– Theft over $5000
McGinn will be appearing in Provincial Court in Drayton Valley on November 17, 2015 in relation to these charges.
The RCMP are searching for a 26 year old man who escaped police custody this morning at about 9:00 a.m. near Thorsby. Jason McGinn, who had been arrested the night before for possession of a stolen automobile, was able to jump into the driver’s seat of a marked RCMP police car and drive away during the process of being transferred from Thorsby RCMP to the Drayton Valley RCMP. The RCMP police car was discovered a short while later abandoned near Warburg, nothing had been removed from the police car. As a precaution, a lockdown of Warburg School was briefly initiated while the RCMP utilized Air Services and the Police Dog Service. The school lockdown has since been lifted. Jason McGinn has yet to be found by police.
McGinn is described as:
White male, 5’10”, 194 lbs., with dark brown hair, green eyes, with a missing from tooth and a recent scratch on his face. He was last seen wearing a black hoody jacket, dark jeans, and shoes (no colour or type available at this time).
A photo of Jason McGinn is attached.
McGinn was not armed when last seen and does not have a history of violence. However, the RCMP ask the public not to approach Jason McGinn, but that if anyone should see him to call 911 immediately and provide police with as much detail about the sighting as possible.
If you have any information at all concerning the whereabouts of Jason McGinn, please call the Thorsby RCMP at (780) 789-3951. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.