Nova Scotia

Eskasoni man escapes custody, turns himself in

A 21-year-old man charged with assault fled custody for several hours on Tuesday afternoon before turning himself into police, say Nova Scotia RCMP.

A 21-year-old man charged with assault fled custody for several hours on Tuesday afternoon before turning himself into police, say Nova Scotia RCMP.

Sgt. Brigdit Leger said officers responded to a call in Eskasoni at 4 a.m. on Tuesday and arrested the 21-year-old man, who was later charged with forcible confinement and assault.

He was remanded into custody on Tuesday afternoon at Eskasoni provincial court. He fled custody at around 3:30 p.m., said Leger.

"An immediate search was initiated and this search involved over 13 members from Eskasoni, Enfield, Bible Hill and Port Hawkesbury RCMP detachments," she told CBC News.

At approximately 5:55 p.m., the accused turned himself in to the Eskasoni RCMP detachment, accompanied by a community member.

"Eskasoni is a community-oriented location so immediately our members reached out to the community," said Leger.

"Fortunately in this instance we did have a community member who encouraged the accused to turn himself in to the RCMP and actually brought the accused to the RCMP detachment."

The 21-year-old man remains in custody and is expected to appear in Sydney provincial court on Thursday.

Leger said the investigation is ongoing and there may be an additional charge of escaping lawful custody.

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