Federal prison escapee charged with 6 more offences

Police have laid six new criminal charges against a 20-year-old federal prisoner who escaped police custody on Saturday.

Douglas Bruno John, an inmate at the maximum security Edmonton Institution, was being treated at a hospital in Fort Saskatchewan on Saturday when he escaped police custody at 1:40 p.m.

Police said he stole an unoccupied Ford F-150 that had been left running at a nearby home.

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP searched the area but could not find John or the vehicle.

At 5 p.m., after a short pursuit, police arrested John and located the missing vehicle more than 150 kilometres away near St. Paul, Alta.

Police have charged John with six more offences, including:

- Escaping lawful custody

- Assaulting a peace officer

- Theft of vehicle

- Flight from peace officer

- Assault of a police officer

- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

In a statement, Don Head, commissioner of the Correctional Service Canada, said "the safety and security of Canadians is our No. 1 priority.

"We are currently conducting a complete operational review to determine what led to this escape and our subsequent response," Head said.

John will appear in court in St. Paul on March 9 and in Fort Saskatchewan provincial court March 16.