A highly sought after suspect was captured in Oliver last week by a group of RCMP officers that travelled more than 400 kilometres to make the arrest.
The Richmond RCMP have been looking for 26-year-old Erica Esquieres since July of 2019. She is facing more than 26 charges for fraud and related offences from multiple jurisdictions across B.C.
“Similar to historical excursions of the Mounties of old, tales of long treks across snow covered landscapes tracking and arresting a fugitive on the run still holds true in present day,” said media relations officer Cpl. Dennis Hwang.
Acting on several tips, a team of officers set off from the Lower Mainland and travelled for five hours to nab the suspect who was located in the 7000 block of Tucelnuit Drive on January 3.
“She was one of our most wanted suspects. We were highly motivated in locating her whereabouts and ensuring she be returned to stand trial,” said Sgt. Gene Hsieh. “Staying true to form, even at the end, Esquieres attempted to deceive our officers to avoid capture.”
That didn’t happen because each officer was quite familiar with the suspect and her modus operandi, Hsieh said.