UPDATE: Arrested – Third suspect in multiple offenses identified

Ponoka RCMP have been able to correctly identify the third suspect involved in a collision and theft of vehicles last week.

Ponoka RCMP have identified the third suspect in the events leading up to the arrest of three individuals. A warrant for the arrest of Michael James Racicot was issued March 24. He faces 31 charges.

Ponoka RCMP have identified the third suspect in the events leading up to the arrest of three individuals. A warrant for the arrest of Michael James Racicot was issued March 24. He faces 31 charges.

UPDATE: Ponoka RCMP state that Edmonton police arrested Michael James Racicot on April 11 on his outstanding warrants from the March 16 events.

Ponoka RCMP have been able to correctly identify the third suspect involved in a collision and theft of vehicles last week and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Following a series of driving events involving stolen vehicles, on March 16, RCMP arrested three men and laid charges against all three suspects. Two suspects were held in custody and the third was released with a court date.

Initially RCMP charged the wrong individual as Racicot had provided another person’s identification. Racicot was released from custody, say investigators, and an apology was issued for implicating the wrong person, who was a victim of stolen identification.

A warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Michael James Racicot has been issued.

It is not known where Racicot resides, but he may have links to either Fort Saskatchewan or Red Deer, say police. He faces a total of 31 criminal code charges for his involvement in this series of crimes.

Racicot is described as Caucasian, 5’10” tall at 180 lbs. He is said to have black hair and blue eyes.

The Ponoka RCMP are seeking public assistance in locating Racicot. If you see Racicot or have information about his whereabouts, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.