(Escaped inmates James Busch and Zachary Armitage)

The Correctional Service of Canada has issued an advisory after two inmates escaped from a federal prison in the Greater Victoria area.

Inmates 42-year-old James Lee Busch and 30-year-old Zachary Armitage broke out of William Head Institution on Sunday, July 7th at 6:45 p.m.

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“We are working with police to locate the inmates as quickly as possible,” the agency wrote in a social media post alerting the public to the situation.

After being notified, West Shore RCMP deployed Police Service Dog Erik along with general duty officers to conduct a search of the area.

“Police continue to deploy resources to search for the escaped prisoners including air surveillance with a RCMP Air Services helicopter,” writes RCMP.

RCMP are currently seeking public assistance to locate both individuals.

Descriptions and sentences

James Lee Busch is described as a First Nations male who stands 5’9″ tall, weighs 160 lbs, has medium tanned coloured skin, a shaved head, and a skull tattoo on his left forearm.

Busch is serving a sentence for second degree murder and aggravated assault, including sexual assault, escape from custody and more.

Zachary Armitage is a First Nations male standing 5’10” tall, weighs 170 lbs, has light coloured skin, black short trimmed hair, and a tattoo with a crown and the words “No Love” on his right arm.

He is serving a 14-year sentence for aggravated assault, robbery and other crimes.

Both men are considered dangerous and should not be approached by civilians.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact 911 immediately. You can also report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Inmates James Busch and Zachary Armitage have escaped from William Head Institution. We are working with police to locate the inmates as quickly as possible.

Posted by Correctional Service of Canada on Monday, July 8, 2019

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