UDPATE – La Ronge RCMP say escaped prisoner John Riley Sanderson has been arrested without incident.

Sanderson had been at large since Jan. 2 after escaping from police custody outside the La Ronge courthouse.

Police say they were called to a report of impaired driving south of Stanley Mission on Wednesday where they found Sanderson, the lone occupant of a vehicle, in a ditch off Highway 915.

In addition to other outstanding warrants, Sanderson now faces a charge of impaired driving.

He is due in La Ronge court Thursday.


RCMP say a 32-year-old man escaped from police custody on Thursday outside the La Ronge courthouse.

Police say John Riley Sanderson was being escorted to a transport vehicle around noon when he freed himself from restraints and ran off in an unknown direction.

Sanderson is described as 5′ 7” tall, weighing 170 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.

He also has a number of tattoos on his face, neck and arms.

At the time of his escape, Mounties say Sanderson was wearing Correctional Services clothing including green pants, grey shirt and blue and white plaid patterned jacked with the letters PACC on the back.

RCMP say he has a history of violent offences and should not be approached.

It is believed Sanderson is in the La Ronge tri-community area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP at 306-310-7267 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

(PHOTO: John Riley Sanderson. Photo courtesy RCMP.)