A man serving a life sentence for a first degree murder escaped prison in Mission, BC, and was seen Friday morning in Bellingham.
The Bellingham Police Department announced in a tweet that a man matching Roderick Muchikekwanape’s description was seen around 7am on Friday, October 30, near the intersection of East Sunset and Hannegan Road.
Roderick is a 41-year-old native man, 6 meters tall and 217 pounds with brown eyes and dark hair, according to the tweet. He was last seen wearing all dark clothing, an inverted cap and a paper mask.
Muchikekwanape is believed to have crossed the US-Canada border in Sumas earlier on Friday, according to a tweet that includes a photo of a man suspected of Muchikekwanape at a gas station in Sumas.
“If seen, don̵7;t come near – don’t alert him and call 9-1-1 right away,” a Bellingham Police Facebook post reads.
“Although we know that Roderick Muchikekwanape has a significant history of violence, we do not believe that he is an immediate threat to the public. If you see him, don’t go near and call your local police, ”Mission Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Nathan Berze said in an RCMP statement about the escape.
A team of investigators, including members of Mission RCMP’s Crime Crime Unit, was assigned to investigate and find Muchikekwanape, the statement said.
According to a CBC story about Muchikekwanape’s escape, he was last seen at the Missionary Institute at 7pm on Thursday. He went missing during his regular inmates count at 10 p.m.
Muchikekwanape, CBC reported, is being held in a minimum security area with no prison barriers, where people considered the lowest security risk are usually held.
Officials told CBC they did not know how Muchikekwanape escaped.
Muchikekwanape is serving a life sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Kimberley Clarke, a 36-year-old mother of three, according to CBC. Crime happens in Winnipeg.
Muchikekwanape is believed to have qualified for parole in August and has “converted to release,” a prison spokesperson told CBC.
According to a CTV Vancouver story, Muchikekwanape has been detained for the past 20 years after being convicted at the age of 21.
The Canadian Corrections Agency said in a Muchikekwanape’s jailbreak statement that it “would investigate the situation of the incident and is working with police to locate the offender as quickly as possible. “