Facebook post plays role in RNC arrest

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has arrested a man accused of making death threats.

UPDATE: In February 2014, the provincial court dismissed all charges in this case against Robert Powers. 

It appears a man wanted by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary should have thought twice before taunting the police online.

This is a photo of the partial back-and-forth between Robert Powers and the RNC. The comments by Powers were earlier deleted. (CBC)
The RNC issued a news release and mug shot on Monday, asking for the public's help to find 29-year-old Robert Powers.

They said there was a warrant for his arrest on charges of uttering death threats, criminal harassment and various breaches of court orders.

The RNC also posted the alert on their Facebook page.

Not long after that, Powers himself posted a comment on the police page, stating, "Good luck to ya."

The RNC replied, saying, "Thanks for wishing us luck, but we tend to rely on hard work and a supportive community. Feel free to call 729-8000 if you need a ride however."

That post got more than 150 likes.

The RNC won't say exactly how they arrested Powers.

But he did call a local radio station to say he had called the police, and was waiting to be picked up.

And a short time later officers apparently did just that.

Powers appeared in court to face the outstanding charges later Tuesday afternoon.


  • An earlier version of this story reported that Robert Powers had been wanted for assault. This had been based on erroneous information provided by the police.
    Jun 13, 2014 2:54 PM NT