A 49 year-old criminal wanted on a Canada-wide warrant is now behind bars thanks to the combined efforts of two RCMP detachments, RCMP air services and Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers.
Lloyd Hall was apprehended by Sgt. Mark Groves and Cst. Dallas Langley from the Rimbey RCMP detachment as he was walking beside the North Saskatchewan River about 20 kilometers west of Hwy 22 last weekend.
“We had a tip that someone had seen Hall by the North Saskatchewan between Rocky Mountain House and Drayton Valley last Thursday,” said Groves.
RCMP air services was contacted and conducted a flight over the area and RCMP officers went out on jetboat patrol north of Rocky Mountain House on the river.
Groves and Langley combed the area with a four by four vehicle, eventually heading out on foot to search for Hall, who had been in hiding for months.
They located a campsite where a tarp had been used as a tent and a small campfire fire was burning. There were also some weapons at the campsite.
“We knew he was close and we searched the area before we found him walking along the river. We used the element of surprise and he gave up right away and we walked him out.”
Hall is now in the Red Deer Remand Centre. A trial date has yet to be set.
Groves described Hall as a “career criminal” who faces multiple charges including fraud and theft over $5,000 for stealing several 4×4 trucks.
He said he served time in jail in the ‘80s for aggravated assault and was on parole at the time of his arrest.