The Saskatchewan RCMP Warrant Enforcement Suppression Team (WEST) received a request from the Saskatoon Integrated Intelligence Unit (SIIU) late last month to locate 36-year-old David Corte, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in relation to multiple outstanding charges issued in Quebéc.
In September 2022, Corte failed to comply with conditions related to his release before fleeing Quebéc.
The initial investigation led police to believe that Corte was likely in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan RCMP WEST in Saskatoon, working in conjunction with the Quebéc City Police Service, were able to confirm that Corte was in Saskatoon and actively evading police.
Involved investigators corroborated information to pinpoint the 36-year-olds activities and location. Based on all the information gathered, Corte was believed to be at a residence located on the 100th block of Douglas Crescent in Saskatoon.
On February 17th, Saskatchewan RCMP WEST was conducting patrols in the area when they observed a male who matched the description of Corte, departing in a vehicle. The Saskatchewan RCMP North Battleford Crime Reduction Team was called to assist and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was positively identified as David Corte. He was arrested and taken into custody in Saskatoon without incident.
Following a request made by the Quebéc City Police Service, the Saskatchewan RCMP Provost Unit facilitated the ground transport of Corte from Saskatoon to Regina in preparation for his departure via commercial aircraft destined for Quebéc City.
The Saskatchewan RCMP Provost Unit’s involvement in this transport follows routine protocol for partner police agencies requiring assistance.
According to Le Journal dé Quebéc, Corte has a history of domestic violence in Quebéc.
Corte was scheduled to make his first court appearance in Quebéc Provincial Court on February 23.
Acting Inspector Kory Davidsen, the Senior Investigative Officer with Saskatchewan RCMP SERT-WEST, said in a press release that working together is critical to making communities safer.
“Saskatchewan RCMP WEST is committed to conducting law enforcement and intelligence activities with the goal of locating individuals who are actively evading police custody,” Davidsen stated. “Working in close collaboration with inter-jurisdictional partner police agencies is key to our ability to apprehend individuals who are on release for serious offences, ultimately making our communities safer.”