Jessie Kowalchuk was arrested May 10 in Edmonton and sent back to B.C. to face three outstanding warrants. Photo by Kamloops Crime Stoppers.

Wanted B.C. man caught in Edmonton after telling media outlet his location

A wanted B.C. man may be rethinking his decision to correct a local news outlet.

Police arrested Jessie Dean Kowalchuk in Edmonton Friday after he let a Kamloops, B.C. news channel, CFJC Today, know where he was.

Kowalchuk had three outstanding warrants in B.C. for breach of probation, when he saw his photo on the website of CFJC Today. Kamloops RCMP had released his photo to local media as part of its weekly most wanted roundup.

Kowalchuk contacted CFJC Today through a direct Facebook message in January to let the media outlet know he was actually in Alberta.

“News flash morons, I’m in Edmonton and not coming back,” he wrote, according to a story by CFJC Today.

CFJC Today forwarded the message to Kamloops RCMP, who then reached out to the B.C. Prosecution Service to get Kowalchuk’s warrants extended to Alberta.

Police caught up with Kowalchuk on Friday and have since sent him back to Kamloops.

“We are very pleased that Jessie Kowalchuk sent the message advising that he was living in Alberta,” Kamloops RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jodi Shelkie told CFJC Today. “It’s important that people who are wanted realize they can’t relocate to avoid their legal issues. (Sooner) or later, the police will find them. In this case, the suspect aided us by giving… his current location.”