A man facing charges of first-degree murder is back behind bars after escaping custody last month.
Braidy Vermette escaped from custody on March 30 as two corrections officers were escorting him to the Victoria Union Hospital from the Prince Albert Correctional Centre. Two masked men ambushed the officers with bear spray and took Vermette into a vehicle.
On Wednesday, Prince Albert police had updated the search, announcing that Vermette was believed to be with his girlfriend, Tristen Smith, who was wanted by PAPS for breach of undertaking.
RCMP say by 4:30 p.m. that day, police had learned that Vermette was believed to be at a home in the RM of Buckland – within the jurisdiction of the Prince Albert RCMP.
An emergency response team was sent to the home and learned that both Vermette and Smith were inside.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, the couple were taken into custody “while exiting the same residence after it caught fire”.
Police say no one was hurt.
Drew Wilby, with the Ministry of Justice, confirms that the escape was “premeditated”.
“Both from inside the facility, being the inmates on the unit with Mr Vermette, as well as outside,” he explained.
Wilby was unable to reveal anything else about the fire that happened as Vermette and Smith were being taken into police custody.
“That will be a part of the investigation they will do to determine what was it that caused that fire, what started it, you know, whether it was something inside the house or to what nature that was.”
Wilby confirms the investigation and review into this entire episode could lead to changes about how prisoners are escorted in and out of jail.
Currently it is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Vermette is one of two men charged in the death of Troy Cecil Napope, a 23-year-old man who had been reported missing in June 2015.