Kelowna cops nab two men wanted on Canada-wide warrants

A stolen cell phone and a traffic stop have landed two men in jail after police discovered both were wanted Canada Wide.

The first arrest occurred on Aug.16 after the accused, 24 year old Tyson Cole, of Kelowna, became involved in a confrontation with another man at Gyro Beach. Cole allegedly stole a cell phone belonging to a female friend of the other male, and ran away.

Police, with assistance from an RCMP dog tracked Cole to a residence in the 2,100 block of Ethel Street where he was apprehended and found to be on the federal warrant for revocation of his parole.

Cole appeared in court late last week to face charges of robbery and two counts of resisting arrest. He has been remanded to the Kamloops Regional Correctional Facility.

He is well known to police for an extensive history of Criminal Code related offences, said the RCMP.

Also, on Aug. 17, just after noon, a Central Okanagan traffic cop was conducting patrols near Richter Street on Highway 97 on his motorcycle when he saw a man in a grey Kia sedan texting on an electronic device while driving. The officer stopped the vehicle and dealt with the driver, who admitted to not having a valid driver’s licence.

After being asked to get out of the vehicle, the man ran away, but the cop followed on motorcycle.

After telling the man to stop, the officer hopped off his bike and grabbed the man, arresting him for obstruction.

It was then learned the driver, 30-year-old Jesse Hampton, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for an armed robbery committed in Vancouver last year.

Hampton, who is known to police for criminal code related offences, appeared in court yesterday to face a charge of obstructing a police officer.

He was also served a Motor Vehicle Act violation ticket for not having a valid driver’s licence and using an electronic device while driving.


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