RCMP are trying to determine if an inmate who escaped from an Iqaluit jail yesterday committed any crimes.

Lucassie Simeonie took off during recreational time at the Baffin Correction Centre just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. He returned to the jail on his own last night between 9:30 and 10 p.m.


Lucassie Simeonie escaped from the Baffin Correctional Centre at about 3:10 p.m. ET Tuesday while he was at recreational time. He later returned on his own to the jail. (RCMP)

Cpl. Denis Lambe, an RCMP spokesperson, said Simeonie will face new charges Wednesday related to his escape from custody. Police have also been questioning him as to where he was and what he was doing.

"You don't know where he's been, who he's meeting with, if there were any crimes committed during the time he escaped, and things like that," he said.

"Being escaped for seven hours, of course we need to know and have him account for each and every minute he was out there and where he was."

Simeonie is already serving time for assault, uttering threats and multiple break and enters.

RCMP are not responsible for security at Baffin Correctional Centre but Lambe said police will be working with corrections officials to help them to prevent these incidents from happening in the future.