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Police dog and member of the public assist with arrest

One man remains in custody following a suspicious person report that led to a foot chase early Sunday morning.

At approximately 1:35 a.m. January 26, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a suspicious-looking man exiting a driveway on Dalhousie Drive in Prince George.

Within minutes, an officer located a person matching the description provided.  The suspect was breaking into a vehicle near the corner of McGill Crescent and Simon Fraser Drive.  As the officer approached, the suspect fled through the back of the residence initiating a foot chase.  The suspect ran down an embankment and across Highway 16.  A member of the public driving on Highway 16 down Peden Hill observed the foot chase.  The driver stopped and offered a ride to the pursuing officer to a more advantageous location down the hill.

A team from the Prince George RCMP’s Police Dog Services Section arrived to assist.  The suspect was tracked through brush, over fences and even onto the roof of a commercial storage facility along Highway 16.  Personal and stolen items were located during the chase.  Just before 2:30 a.m., police service dog Kash located the suspect hiding under a trailer on Hollandia Drive.  The suspect continued to resist arrest despite the presence of a police dog and officers.  He was taken into custody shortly after.

Twenty-eight-year-old Davin Gray Jokinen has been charged by the BC Prosecution Service with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Trespass at night
  • Possession of break in instruments
  • Resist arrest (two counts)
  • Fail to comply with probation (three counts)
  • Fail to comply with conditions of release

Jokinen is relatively new to Prince George and previously resided in Quesnel and Dawson Creek.  He is well known to police in all three communities.  He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on Wednesday January 29.

The Prince George RCMP want to thank the member of the public that took the time to offer assistance during this incident.

If you have any information about property related crimes in the Prince George area, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest, seizure of illicit drugs or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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