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Castlegar's Koftinoff found in Invermere

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
July 19th, 2012

Ashley Patrick Koftinoff, a 37-year-old Castlegar man who suffers from mental illness and was presumed dangerous after failing to return from a one hour pass from Hillside Psychiatric Centre in Kamloops, has been found safe and sound.

“He was taken into custody without incident in Invermere,” said Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

The 37-year-old fugitive, Koftinoff, escaped from Hillside Psychiatric Centre in Kamloops on Monday and was thought likely to return home to the Castlegar area.

Koftinoff was on the run after an incident Friday in Kamloops in which, ” … medical staff at the Hillside Psychiatric Centre sought refuge behind a security barrier and called for police assistance when he was reported to have suffered a violent psychotic episode, was destroying property in the unit and was threatening to harm the medical staff,” according to Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.

“Several patrol officers and a police dog handler responded and was force to use a Tazer to safely subdue the violent patient,”

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