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Suspect in manhunt arrested
Update: Neil Elliott Collins, who was the suspect of a manhunt earlier this month after failing to appear in court, was arrested without incident at a residence on December 28, by West Kelowna RCMP.
After appearing in Kelowna Court Monday morning, Collins will be remanded to the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre until his next appearance on Jan. 6, 2014.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Neil Elliott Collins who went unlawfully at large earlier Thursday morning.
On December 19, Collins, 36, was scheduled to appear in the Kelowna Law Courts for sentencing on multiple charges of trafficking, possession of controlled substance, possession of a firearm and possession of property obtained by crime.
Collins had been released earlier this month so he could get his affairs in order and was placed on electronic monitoring. He failed to attend Court, could not be contacted at his residence and may have tampered with his monitoring device.
In an initial effort to get Collins into custody, officers from Kelowna and West Kelowna as well as other detachments throughout the Southeast District set up road blocks and searched for him at multiple locations. During the course of their investigation, police arrested an 18-year-old West Kelowna woman and a 62-year-old West Kelowna man for Obstruction.
Colllins is prohibited from possessing weapons, but is known to have access to firearms through associates and may be armed.
Police continue to actively search for Collins who is believed to be attempting to flee the country.
In May of this year, Collins, 36, was charged with multiple counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of a Prohibited/Restricted Firearm with Ammunition.
Collins also has a connection with the Westside shooting incident from July 2012. He was apparently targeted by the shooters, that's what initiated the police chase. That case has yet to go to trial.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Collins is asked to call your local police. If seen, do not approach him, rather call 911 immediately. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
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