A fugitive on the run from Toronto police for 13 years was nabbed Thursday night in Penticton.
Edward Melvin Ellis was arrested on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for sexual assaulted related offenses dating back to 1999.
Police report Ellis has been living in the Penticton area under an assumed identity for approximately nine years.
Penticton RCMP were contacted in April 2012, by the Toronto Police Service Fugitive Squad with a possible tip that Ellis may be living in the Penticton area.
Ellis, 51 years of age was wanted out of Toronto to face charges dating back to 1999 for forcible confinement, sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm.
Ellis, who had been described as a violent individual, had eluded detection until the Toronto police recently received a tip that he may be in the interior area of British Columbia.
Penticton RCMP investigators and a crime analyst conducted an extensive search of local police files and open source records in attempts to further confirm the tip. The background leg work was fruitful and based on their findings, the RCMP were able to confirm that Ellis was in fact living in the area for nine years.
On Thursday evening, members of the Penticton RCMP Community Safety Team, supported by an RCMP Police Service Dog, attended a residence in the 1000 block of Poplar Grove Roadd and arrested Ellis without incident.
Upon arrest, a cooperative Ellis conceded to police that he had been looking over his shoulder since 1999, wondering if and when police would catch up with him.
“We are certain that news of his arrest will bring a certain degree of solace to the victim of this crime It’s another prime example of how crucial it is for persons with information about a crime to come forward and do the right thing,” said Cpl. Dan Mosakluk. “Time and time again we urge people that no matter how long it has been, it’s never too late to provide information about any crime, especially serious crimes of violence. There are many options for coming forward, either directly or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”
Ellis appeared in court on Friday and remains in custody with arrangements being made for his immediate return to Toronto.