ALERT arrests fugitive wanted on Canada-wide warrants

ALERT arrests fugitive wanted on Canada-wide warrants

October 26, 2012

Edmonton… ALERT’s Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Unit (IFAU) has apprehended a 50-year-old man who was wanted on a number of Canada-wide warrants related to violent, weapons offences.

The RCMP detachment in Whitecourt, Alberta, asked for the assistance of IFAU to track and apprehend Danny FAST, a man wanted on 14 warrants, including nine out of Whitecourt for two counts of assault with a weapon, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, two counts of pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of a restricted firearm, and two counts of uttering threats.

FAST was convicted of these offences in June of this year and released on recognizance to put his affairs in order before serving his sentence in custody. FAST fled the area before serving his sentence.

FAST was also wanted on warrants out of Mayerthorpe for refusing to enter into a recognizance and uttering threats against a justice official, as well as two counts of failure to comply out of Stony Plain.

IFAU tracked FAST to the Smoky Lake area with the assistance of Whitecourt RCMP.  He was eventually located at a residence in Smoky Lake where he attempted to flee but was promptly detained and arrested by IFAU.

“This should be a reminder to all those who are wanted on warrants in this province that we will eventually catch up to you,” commented Sgt. Paul Hunter, head of IFAU North. “We have two teams in Alberta working full-time to track and apprehend fugitives. If you don’t want us on your doorstep, take care of your warrants.”

Last year, IFAU arrested over 200 people and cleared nearly 1,200 warrants.

IFAU tracks and arrests criminals who are wanted on outstanding warrants in Alberta and have previously evaded capture. The team plays an important role in promoting safe, secure communities by arresting criminals who evade capture and decreasing the likelihood of them re-offending and re-victimizing Albertans. The support of IFAU allows local police more time and resources to focus on other priorities like community policing and criminal investigations.

ALERT encourages the public to report tips about people wanted on outstanding warrants by calling police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Made up of provincial sheriffs, RCMP, and EPS members, IFAU is an ALERT team funded by the Government of Alberta. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Paul Hunter
Integrated Fugitive Apprehension Unit (IFAU) North
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-220-1170

Candace Cook
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3015

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.