Jager locates suspect after epic 2-hour track


2019-02-20 09:36 PST

File # 2019-5607


Freezing temperatures, deep snow, treacherous terrain and a 2-hour track, couldn’t stop Constable Josh Grafton, Constable Tanner Fowler and of course, RCMP Police Dog Jager from locating and arresting a suspect wanted in an alleged assault with a weapon and Break and Enter. 39-year-old David Banford faces weapons and property related charges and has been remanded into police custody.

The incident began at approximately 5:30 PM on Saturday February 16th, 2019 when Banford and an adult female were found inside a private cabin located at Deadwood Creek Campsite, near Nanaimo Lakes Road. The cabin owners, who found the two, alerted the Nanaimo RCMP and decided to walk the suspects to the main gate to await the arrival of the police. While being escorted, Banford allegedly produced a can of pepper spray and sprayed two of the males. The female did not resist and was later taken into custody when police arrived. Cst Josh Grafton, Cst Tanner and RCMP Police Dog Jager soon arrived and began tracking the male suspect.

When asked afterwards, Cst Grafton described the track as  one of his toughest to date.  Following Jager's lead, over the next 2 hours the officers tracked through foot deep snow and brush, up and then down steep mountainous terrain and waded through freezing cold water. Regardless of the conditions, the trio carried on and eventually located the suspect. Banford received several bites during his arrest which he later received treatment for at local hospital. Upon his release from hospital, Banford was transported to the Nanaimo detachment and held in custody overnight.

Given the remoteness of the search area and limited cell and radio coverage, additional officers along with Nanaimo Search and Rescue, were called upon to attend to the officer’s location to assist in returning the suspect to waiting police vehicles.

The female, age 29, was later released on Promise to Appear for one count of Break and Enter, with her first court appearance set for May 7th. Banford appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court on Tuesday February 19th, 2019 charged with two counts of Assault with a Weapon and Break and Enter. Following his court appearance, Banford was released from custody, with his next court appearance set for Tuesday March 5, 2019.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

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