Island-wide search for inmate that escaped in View Royal

Police warning public not to engage escaped inmate still at large

West Shore RCMP are searching for escaped inmate Tyler Desmond Fong

The Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC) inmate that escaped from custody while receiving treatment at Victoria General Hospital on Sunday is still at large.

West Shore RCMP say Tyler Desmond Fong fled the hospital at roughly 8 p.m. He is alleged to have stolen a vehicle from the VGH parking lot and caused a minor collision with a motorcycle as he left. The stolen vehicle is described as a brown 2000 Chrysler Concord four-door sedan with B.C. license plate 166 RGC.

A warrant has been issued for Fong’s arrest and he will be facing new charges including escaping lawful custody, assaulting a peace officer, theft of a vehicle and dangerous operation of a vehicle as well as two counts of mischief.

Fong is a 31-year-old Caucasian male, just over six feet tall, weighing roughly 200 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes.

He was incarcerated after being convicted earlier this year on a string of property crime charges stemming from incidents in the Ladysmith and Nanaimo areas. He also has a history of fleeing from police.

Nanaimo RCMP, as well as other agencies, are actively searching for Fong Island-wide.

West Shore RCMP are asking anyone with information on Fong’s whereabouts to call 9-1-1 immediately and to not engage him.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

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