Swiftwolfe pleads not guilty

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A Moosomin First Nation arrested after police issued a public safety warning while searching for him has pleaded not guilty.

Jonathan Swiftwolfe, 24, pleaded not guilty in North Battleford Provincial Court on March 11 to numerous charges. He was wanted on warrants for charges including seven counts of failure to comply with a probation order, possession of a weapon contrary to a probation order, two counts of flight from police, two counts of assault, two counts of uttering threats, dangerous operation of a vehicle, operating a vehicle while prohibited, mischief, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Swiftwolfe has been in custody since multiple RCMP detachments – including the North Battleford RCMP Gang Task Force - teamed up to locate and arrest him.

Swiftwofe was arrested on Highway 40 near Sweetgrass First Nation on Dec. 6, 2020. When police arrested him they found a loaded firearm in the vehicle that was within his reach.

When RCMP issued the public warning about Swiftwolfe, in describing him they said he has the word “Westside” tattooed on the right side of his face and neck. Westside Outlaws is a street gang that started in Onion Lake Cree Nation.

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

If you are associated with a street gang and want to leave it, contact STR8 UP in northern Saskatchewan at 306-763-3001, STR8 UP in central Saskatchewan at 306-244-1771, or Regina Treaty Status Indian Services in southern Saskatchewan at 306-522-7494 to get assistance.

Moosomin First Nation is about 22 kilometres north of North Battleford. Sweetgrass First Nation is 35 kilometres west of North Battleford.

ljoy@glaciermedia.ca

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