Penticton RCMP nab fugitive wanted on warrant

A prison escapee was located and arrested in Kaleden on Tuesday by Penticton RCMP.

James John Jackson

James John Jackson

A prison escapee was located and arrested in Kaleden on Tuesday by Penticton RCMP.

James John Jackson, 31, escaped from Ferndale Institution in Mission on March 19 and was known to frequent South Okanagan and Similkameen communities. The man was found hiding under a bed in a residence on Pineview Road in Kaleden and was arrested without incident.

Jackson has an extensive criminal record with convictions for theft under $5,000, assault, possession of stolen property, possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm while prohibited, perjury and others.

Jackson faces new charges of escape from lawful custody and unlawfully at large in Mission. An 18 year old female resident of Kelowna was also arrested at the Pineview location on a warrant from Kelowna and also faces a new charge of obstructing a peace officer.