Bowden escapee remains on the lam

Bowden Institution remained in a lockdown mode on Thursday afternoon following the escape on Monday of an inmate who is considered armed and dangerous.

Bowden Institution remained in a lockdown mode on Thursday afternoon following the escape on Monday of an inmate who is considered armed and dangerous.

Shawn Thomas Evjen of Rocky Mountain House escaped from the medium security prison about 9:17 p.m. on Monday by scaling fences.

Evjen was serving a 24-and-a-half-year sentence for armed robbery, assaulting a peace officer, wearing a disguise while committing an offence and possession of a weapon.

He was sentenced in 1985 and released in February of this year.

He was returned to prison after committing another robbery in Red Deer.

RCMP consider him a high risk to re-offend.

New Bowden warden Dave Phelam said shortly after his swearing in on Thursday afternoon that he couldn’t comment because the investigation is ongoing.

The lockdown was implemented so police and Correction Services Canada authorities could re-evaluate all aspects of security.

Evjen is described as 1.7 metres tall (five feet seven inches) and weighs 75 kg (166 pounds). He has red hair and blue eyes.

Police warn the public not to approach Evjen.

Anyone with information or who has seen the suspect is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Just Posted

Red Deer area businesses recognized at Business of the Year Awards night

“It’s an honour just to be nominated.” The popular words echoed throughout… Continue reading

Child sex offender should get 12 years: Crown prosecutor

Stuart Peter Hunt has pleaded guilty to 10 child sexual exploitation and pornography charges

Legalizing cannabis cost estimate for Red Deer just under $400k

Although the province of Alberta has announced $11.2 million for cannabis legalization,… Continue reading

WATCH: Every square tells a story: Edmonton expert is exploring Red Deer’s quilting history

Community members can bring in family heirloom quilts for documentation

Red Deer-area dads going through divorce are invited to Man Up

Support group formed to focus on positive activities, networking

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

PHOTO: Say goodbye to City Hall Park flowers

A sure sign that winter is on its way is when City… Continue reading

PHOTO: Chew On This! campaign draws attention to national poverty

Lunch bags were being handed out in front of The Hub downtown… Continue reading

Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL’s trend toward diversity

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With a laugh, Kim Pegula’s competitive nature kicked in… Continue reading

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

DUBBO, Australia — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked… Continue reading

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

NEW YORK — Can there be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne? The answer… Continue reading

Canadian manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent in August: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent to… Continue reading

Brian Mulroney joins board of directors of New York-based pot company

NEW YORK — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is joining the board… Continue reading

Canadians waking up to legalized cannabis: ‘My new dealer is the prime minister’

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadians across the country woke up to legalized… Continue reading

Most Read