Prisoner Escapes Custody in Ile-a-la-Crosse

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 14:50



There is a manhunt underway for a man who escaped custody from the Ile-a-la-Crosse RCMP holding cell last night.


The local Mounties say Aaron Gardiner managed to escape from the cellblock area at about 8:15 last night.


Gardiner was scheduled to make an appearance in a Buffalo Narrows courtroom on several drug-related charges.


According to the RCMP, he’s also facing a number of outstanding charges including resisting arrest, assaulting a peace officer, uttering threats, dangerous driving — and now — escaping lawful custody.


The Mounties believe he’s still in Ile-a-la-Crosse or attempting to head to Edmonton.


Gardiner is of Metis ancestry, is 6-feet-1-inch tall, weighs 190 pounds, and has short brown hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion.


Anyone who has seen Gardiner or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact the Ile-a-la-Crosse RCMP at 833-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.