Police attempted arrest of Saskatoon psychiatric centre escapee near Humboldt

Police tried to stop an inmate who escaped from the federal Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon on the highway near Humboldt on Nov. 14.

Two men, Matthew Michel, 24, and Kendal Campeau, 29, fled the centre during the night of Nov. 13.

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Michel travelled in a stolen vehicle from the Warman area to the Humboldt area. Police attempted to stop the vehicle near Humboldt, but the vehicle fled on Highway 5 toward Saskatoon. The vehicle ran out of gas near Sunset Estates just outside Saskatoon. 

The 24-year-old man walked into the residential area and officers from the Saskatoon and Humboldt detachments, Saskatoon Traffic Services, and Saskatoon RCMP Police Dog Services located Michel on the roof of one of the residences.

RCMP said Michel was threatening self-harm if approached and gave himself up to officers after a short verbal negotiation. Michel was arrested on the afternoon of Nov. 14 and taken into custody.

Campeau was arrested earlier on Nov. 14 in Saskatoon.

The Correctional Service of Canada says the Regional Psychiatric Centre is a mental hospital with the security provisions to also function as a federal correctional institution.

Written with files from the Canadian Press

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