On Sunday morning, a VicPD K-9 officer and his trusty four-legged partner arrested a man who was wanted Canada-wide for parole violations that were connected to a homicide conviction.
The police duo spotted the man, Rourke Desmanche, in the 700-block of Pembroke Street around 1:00 a.m. while out on patrol.
Once Desmanche was seen, the officer recognized him from his Canada-wide warrant and pulled over to arrest him.
As the officer was stopping Desmanche, police say that it appeared like he was going to flee. Once he made motions to run, the officer explained that the police dog “would be deployed should he run”, causing Desmanche to second guess bolting.
He then cooperated with police and was taken into custody without further incident.
According to Global News, 29-year-old Desmanche of London, Ontario was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2013 for the manslaughter of his 10-week-old son, who was shaken to death. He was out on supervised parole in Chilliwack, B.C. when he breached some of its conditions and made his way to Victoria.
Desmanche is being held in custody for his next court appearance.