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RCMP search for fugitive


A man convicted five years ago of dozens of crimes is now a fugitive and police are trying to locate him.

Red Deer RCMP issued a release Friday saying Steve Lagace, 29, of Red Deer is wanted for failing to comply with the conditions of his parole. Though he is not believed to be armed, police said he poses a danger to the public and is considered a flight risk. Citizens are advised not to approach him if he is seen.

Lagace was convicted in 2009 of about 40 charges, including theft of stolen vehicles, dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, criminal flight and resisting arrest.

The most serious of those charges stem from a May 7, 2009, incident where Lagace tried to run down RCMP officers in a stolen vehicle. The two Mounties fired at the stolen vehicle, damaging it.

He pleaded guilty on Aug. 29, 2009, and was sentenced to five years in jail on Oct. 17 of that year.

Police describe Lagace as a Caucasian about 1.85 metres (six foot one) tall and weighs 115 kg (255 pounds). He has brown eyes and is balding with either very short brown hair or a shaved head.

Anyone with information about Lagace’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him, but instead contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2300 and ask for either Cpl. Lee Knelsen or Cpl. Craig Lake. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

 
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