Woman wanted by Richmond RCMP arrested in BC's Okanagan

Jan 9 2020, 4:24 pm

A fugitive who’s been wanted by Richmond RCMP since last summer has now been captured in the BC Interior, police announced on Thursday.

According to police, 26-year-old Erica Esquieres has been wanted since July 2019.

She faces over 26 charges for fraud and related offences from multiple jurisdictions across the province, with 15 charges originating from Richmond alone.

Esquieres was arrested in BC’s Okanagan region on January 3, after Richmond RCMP, who were “acting on several investigative tips,” made their way to the town of Oliver, located over 400 km from Richmond.

There, they found and arrested Esquieres, who is being held at Oliver pending a transfer to Richmond this Friday.

“She was one of our most wanted suspects [and] we were highly motivated in locating her whereabouts and ensuring she be returned to stand trial,” said Sgt. Gene Hsieh. “Officers from our Property Crime Unit and our Economic Crime Unit made up the arrest team and welcomed this chain of events to start off the sew year.”

Richmond RCMP said Esquieres first came to their attention last summer after she allegedly took money from bank accounts, made fraudulent purchases, and rented cars while impersonating the victims.”

Even at the end of this chain of events, “Esquieres attempted to deceive our officers to avoid capture,” said Hsieh. “Fortunately, each and every officer on the arrest team was quite familiar with Esquieres and her modus operandi.”

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