A prolific offender who's no stranger to being wanted by police has once again been caught, after the RCMP spent the last month searching for him in connection to a Dec. 31 assault.
Last month, the RCMP reached out to the public for help in finding Dayton Lloyd McAlpine, following a serious assault that occurred on the morning of Dec. 31 in a West Kelowna home on Cameron Road.
Friday, the West Kelowna RCMP said McAlpine was arrested on Tuesday after he was found on Westbank First Nation's Fox Road. Police say he was apprehended without incident, and he remains in custody.
He is now facing charges of assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and using an imitation firearm to commit an offence. He's scheduled to next appear in Kelowna court on Feb. 22.
McAlpine has a lengthy criminal record, racking up 51 criminal convictions. He was most recently sentenced to 40.5 months of jail in July 2020 for a crime spree that included seven separate incidents.
The spree came to a head at the West Kelowna Walmart parking lot on June 1, 2019, when police attempted to arrest the then-wanted man. As McAlpine fled the scene, an officer fired a single shot at McAlpine's truck, but the officer missed and McAlpine got away. He was finally arrested 10 days later.
In July 2020, he was sentenced to 615 more days in jail, in addition to the 600 days he had of pre-sentence credit.
Offenders in Canada become eligible for parole after serving one-third of their sentence, and he was likely still on parole for his previous convictions when the Dec. 31, 2021 allegations occurred.