Still no bail for man RCMP pursued for 8 months

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A bail hearing for a man who was wanted by police for about eight months was adjourned again in North Battleford Provincial Court.

The show cause hearing for Johnathan Swiftwolfe, 24, on Jan. 25 was adjourned to Jan. 28.

Swiftwolfe was wanted on 35 charges, including assault, uttering threats, weapons-related offences, and flight from police. While police were searching for him in 2020, they issued a media release saying they were concerned about the safety of Moosomin First Nation residents while Swiftwolfe was at large.

He was located after several RCMP detachments worked together to find him. When police arrested him on Highway 40 near Sweet Grass First Nation on Dec. 6, 2020, they found a loaded firearm in the vehicle that was within his reach.

Cassandra Fox, 24, was with Swiftwolfe and also arrested. At the time, she was wanted on warrants for assault with a weapon and failure to comply with a release order. She was scheduled to enter a plea and election in North Battleford Provincial Court on Jan. 6, 2021, but failed to appear and a warrant for her arrest was issued.

The charges against Swiftwolfe and Fox haven’t been proven in court.

Moosomin First Nation is about 22 kilometres north of North Battleford.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist