ROPE West and Crime Stoppers
In February of 2015 Damien ELIJAH was released on federal parole for assault with a weapon, use of a firearm while committing an offence, assault causing bodily harm, assault x 2, mischief, and fail to comply with a probation order. He was released to a halfway house here in London. In April of 2015, he walked away from that halfway house and a parole suspension warrant was issued.
The ROPE West team was assigned the apprehension file for ELIJAH. Numerous hours and shifts were spent by the ROPE West team in efforts to locate ELIJAH. Those efforts included surveillance, interviews, residence searches, and media releases. ROPE West members received very little co-operation from friends, family and associates of ELIJAH in providing information to his where abouts.
In the fall of 2015, with a joint initiative with the London/Elgin Crime Stoppers, wanted billboard posters of ELIJAH were placed throughout the City of London and the City of Strathroy. This initiative in putting up wanted billboard posters was new and had not been tried in the past.
In January 2016, a citizen was at a farm property in the Township of Brooke-Alvinston, where they observed a native male with the first name of Damien staying on the property. The citizen didnt know Damiens last name but had recognized him from the wanted billboard poster they had previously seen in the City of Strathroy. That information was provided to another police agency by the citizen and forwarded to the ROPE West team. The ROPE West team proceeded to conduct surveillance at the farm property over several days.
On January 20, 2016 ROPE West members commenced their day shift conducting surveillance on the farm property. Late in the evening ELIJAH was seen on foot walking throughout the farm property. At 21:35hrs ROPE West members with the assistance of Uniformed O.P.P. officers, arrested ELIJAH after a negotiated surrender from the farm house.
ELIJAH is facing an additional criminal charge of being unlawfully at large which was laid by London Police Service.
The joint initiative with Crime Stoppers in the placing up of wanted billboards was a key factor in the success of this apprehension investigation. Allowing a member of the community to provide the location of ELIJAH, who had been wanted for approximately eight months.