Saskatchewan

Second-last Regina jail escapee captured in Winnipeg

An escapee from a Regina jail who was apprehended Wednesday night in Winnipeg had the help of a network of gang associates during his month on the lam, according to the woman behind the wheel when he was recaptured.
Five of six men who escaped from the Regina Correctional Centre last month are back in custody. Daniel Wolfe, centre, was arrested Wednesday in Winnipeg, but police are still looking for Ryan John Agecoutay. A photo of Kenneth Lee Iron was unavailable. ((RCMP Saskatchewan/Canadian Press))

An escapee from a Regina jail who was apprehended Wednesday night in Winnipeg had the help of a network of gang associates during his month on the lam, according to the woman behind the wheel when he was recaptured.

Daniel Wolfe, 32, was arrested in Winnipeg, where he is being held by local police, the RCMP said.

He was the second-last escapee on the loose after a jailbreak at the Regina Correctional Centre on Aug. 24.

Wolfe, who is from The Pas, Man., is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in a violent home invasion in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., in 2007. He is known to have ties with the Indian Posse street gang.

Daniella Bevacqua, who was driving the car Wolfe was in when he was arrested, told CBC's Karen Pauls that Wolfe is like a brother to her and she'd do anything to help him.

Bevacqua was charged with aiding and abetting, and obstructing justice.

"I stick for them. Those are my bro's," she said. "They've always protected me, and I protect them."

Bevacqua, 25, said she's "an associate," not a member of the Indian Posse, but the gang network helped Wolfe stay ahead of the police during a massive search. 

She would not say where Wolfe had been staying, or whether he had ever been on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, near The Pas in northern Manitoba, where RCMP evacuated an apartment block earlier this week after receiving a tip.

When they stormed the building, Wolfe was not there.

"Every time I took him, I dropped him down the street and I don't know where he went after that," she said. "I just helped him out with whatever he needed help with."

Caught at gas station

Bevacqua picked up Wolfe and several other people Wednesday afternoon, but soon realized she was being followed by the police, she said. She wouldn't say where they were coming from or where they were going.

"I pulled into the gas station, then all of a sudden — boom boom — they all came out, came with their guns and stuff and took me and Danny," she said.

"I'm very mad, very disappointed. I wish it didn't happen tonight, anyways, you know — bad timing," she said, adding that she believed he had been planning to leave the city very soon.

"I didn't be expect that I was going to get caught with him, you know. I thought maybe he was going to get caught on his own, but that's just the life. I chose to help them out, you know," she said.

"Life goes on. He'll be out one day, that's for sure. Won't be in there forever."

1 man still at large

Shortly after Wolfe's arrest, officers surrounded an apartment block in downtown Winnipeg. 

At least one person was taken away in handcuffs, but police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said police are still looking for Ryan John Agecoutay, 25, the last escapee still at large.

"We received some information regarding an address at that location but … I'm not going to get into details," he said.

Agecoutay had been committed to stand trial for aggravated assault.

Police had described both Wolfe and Agecoutay as armed and dangerous.

Six men smashed a hole through a wall of the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre on Aug. 24. One was caught a short time after fleeing.

The other escapees were Preston Clarence Buffalocalf, 22, Cody Dillon Keenatch, 19, James Joseph Pewean, 25, and Kenneth Lee Iron, 23, who was quickly recaptured.

The province of Saskatchewan has set up a contact line to gather information on what led to the escape. Callers will not be required to identify themselves.

The phone number is 1-866-999-4644 and will operate until Sept. 26.

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