Update: Further to the media release below, on May 3, Chris Ernest was arrested and taken back into custody without incident in Edmonton, Alta.
Background: On April 26, at approximately noon, Meadow Lake RCMP were informed that 23-year-old Christopher Gilbert Ernest had escaped custody. Chris Ernest was in the Meadow Lake courthouse when he fled. He was in court to address a number of charges, some of which are: resist arrest, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, unauthorized possession of a weapon, assault with weapon and failing to attend court.
Chris Ernest, 23, is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. When he fled, he was wearing blue jeans and a grey t-shirt.
Police consider Chris Ernest to be dangerous. He should not be approached. He may be on his way to Waterhen Lake First Nation, but this has not been confirmed.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Chris Ernest is asked to call 911, Meadow Lake RCMP at 306-236-2570, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.