On July 7, 2019 at 6:45 pm two inmates escaped from William Head Institution in Metchosin. Correctional Service of Canada report inmates James Lee Busch (42 years old) and Zachary Armitage (30 years old) were wanted for being Unlawfully at Large.
On July 9th at approximately 8:00pm James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage were located and arrested. The arrest took place after an off duty RCMP officer spotted the escapees in Esquimalt and contacted 911 for the Victoria Police Department to respond.
“The off duty officer was walking his dog, a Great Dane named Lewis, in the area of West Bay in Esquimalt when the escaped inmates commented on how big Lewis was,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer. “That’s when the RCMP officer immediately recognized the males as Armitage and Busch. The RCMP officer called 911 right way and kept an eye on the inmates. Victoria Police responded with a heavy police presence and safely took the inmates into custody.”
The Victoria Police Department have since turned over the inmates to the West Shore RCMP. Armitage and Busch are still in police custody and expected to appear in court later today.
The West Shore RCMP wants to thank the public and the media for their help. Job well done by the Victoria Police Department, the off duty RCMP officer and “Lewis” the Great Dane who all contributed to the capture of these dangerous escaped inmates.
Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP, 698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4
Office: 250-474-2264 | Fax: 250-474-8790
Source: West Shore RCMP
Recapture of inmates from William Head Institution
July 10, 2019 – Metchosin, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on July 9, 2019 inmates Zachary Armitage and James Lee Busch were apprehended by the Victoria Police Department.
These inmates had been unlawfully at large from William Head Institution, a minimum security federal institution, since July 7, 2019.
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) would like to extend a special thank you to the West Shore RCMP, the off duty RCMP police officer who was able to identify the two inmates, and the Victoria Police for their assistance in apprehending both men.
CSC is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Ensuring the safety and security of institutions, staff, and public remains the highest priority in the operations of the federal correctional system.