Wanted man from Kamloops helps police in his own arrest

Jessie Kowalchuk allegedly bragged in a social media post that he was in Alberta, outside the reach of Kamloops Mounties

A former Kamloops man is behind bars after allegedly taunting police in a Facebook post, bragging about having fled B.C.

Jessie Kowalchuk is charged with breaching his probation order stemming from an alleged incident in 2015.

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

According to Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie, Kowalchuk posted a comment on CFJC Today’s Facebook page after seeing his mugshot.

“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,” she said.

Kamloops Mounties then asked prosecutors to extend Kowalchuk’s outstanding warrants from B.C. to include Alberta.

Edmonton Police officers stopped Kowalchuk last week and found he was wanted. He was arrested and transported to Kamloops.

“We are very pleased that Jessie Kowalchuk sent the message advising that he was living in Alberta,” Shelkie said.

“It’s important that people who are wanted realize they can’t relocate to avoid their legal issues. Sooner or later, the police will find them. In this case, the suspect aided us by giving his current location.”

Kowalchuk is scheduled to appear in Kamloops provincial court this Thursday for a bail hearing.

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