Fugitive murderer and robber recaptured after breaking out of BC prison

Jul 10 2019, 3:29 pm

Two inmates have been recaptured after escaping from a minimum security prison on Vancouver Island.

On Sunday, July 7, at approximately 6:45 pm, James Lee Busch, 42-years-old, and Zachary Armitage, 30-years-old, escaped from the William Head Institution in Metchosin.

The two remained unlawfully at large until Tuesday evening. An off-duty RCMP officer spotted the inmates in Esquimalt and alerted other on-duty offices.

The Victoria Police Department (VPD) made the arrest and have since turned over the prisoners to the West Shore RCMP.

Busch is serving an interminate sentence for second-degree murder and assault. He’s also been previously sentenced for aggravated sexual assault, escaping lawful custody, and other offences.

Armitage is serving a sentence of over 13 years for robbery, aggravated assault, and other offences.

The West Shore RCMP credit the VPD and the RCMP officer who quickly acted after spotting the escapees.

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