Jasper RCMP are thanking the public for their assistance with the arrest of a suspect carrying a concealed weapon.
During the morning of November 23, Jasper police responded to a stolen vehicle complaint on Patricia Street. The vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Pursuit, was recovered, but the responding officer would soon be in a pursuit of a different kind. Thanks to tips from the public, the suspect was located walking on the corner of Patricia Street and Hazel Avenue. However, when the officer confronted him, the suspect fled.
“The officer gave chase…the chase resulted in a significant struggle,” Cpl. Ryan Gardiner said.
After attempting to subdue the suspect, the officer deployed his taser. However, the weapon did not have the intended effect.
“Often the tasers can be ineffective when someone’s wearing a lot of clothing,” Gardiner said. “In this case he had a thick jacket.”
Once again the suspect fled; once again he was caught by the officer. Another struggle ensued. Finally, thanks to the help of a bystander and a Jasper bylaw officer, the suspect was arrested. Codie Patrick Frakes, 27, of Port Alberni, B.C., was subsequently charged with numerous criminal charges including theft of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, carrying a concealed weapon and failure to comply with the conditions of a recognizance. Frakes is believed to have come to Jasper via Greyhound. He was carrying a knife. The arresting officer was injured in the incident; Gardiner said his constable will be off for at least four weeks with a broken hand.
“We’re thankful for the calls and assistance from the public,” Gardiner said. “Anytime someone picks up the phone and provides information is great.”