Kamloops man who helped in own arrest sentenced to two weeks behind bars

Jessie Kowalchuk pleaded guilty to four charges in Kamloops Law Courts on May 16; the 27-year-old had bragged that he was outside the reach of local Mounties

A former Kamloops man who inadvertently helped police find him after fleeing B.C. to avoid his legal troubles will spend two weeks in jail.

Jessie Kowalchuk pleaded guilty to four charges in Kamloops Law Courts on Thursday at what was scheduled to have been his bail hearing.

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In December, the 27-year-old was included as one of Kamloops Crime Stoppers’ weekly Most Wanted — a feature that sees the organization send mugshots of three wanted people to local media outlets for publication.

Kowalchuk was wanted on warrants stemming from an incident in 2015. He saw his photo online in January and sent a direct message to CFJC Today via its Facebook page: ““News flash morons I’m in Edmonton and not coming back.”

“The tone of his message was derogatory, stating that the RCMP had missed the ball because he had been living in Edmonton, Alberta, for three years,” RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said following Kowalchuk’s arrest this week.

The warrant for Kowalchuk was extended to Alberta in January and he was arrested last week following a check by Edmonton Police.

In addition to the jail time, Kowalchuk was placed on a one-year probation term.

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