Fugitive Doucette arrested after call to 911

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>SOURCE: BRIDGEWATER POLICE SERVICE</p><p>Bridgewater resident, Tobias Charles Doucette, 31, has been arrested after six days on the run from police.</p>

A family in Hebbville called 911 at around 9 p.m. on July 25 as they watched a man in a plow truck attempting to ram the gates from inside the Gerhardt Fleet Tech Service on Highway 3.

Approximately four hours later the RCMP tweeted out a message on Twitter that the notorious fugitive Tobias Charles Doucette, who alluded law enforcement for six days, had been arrested without incident.

Margaret Bolivar and family members had been sitting in their backyard.

"I heard a crash, and I said that didn't sound good," Bolivar told LighthouseNOW. When they went to the front of their property they spotted a man driving a half-ton with a plow on it trying to ram through the gate at Gerhardt's."I just knew it wasn't good and I did my due diligence and called 911."

According to Bolivar, the man got out of the truck, aware people were watching him and seemingly unable to plow through the gate. He started walking toward Saunders Motors and eventually disappeared from view.

Bolivar said she couldn't see what the man was wearing on his feet, but that he had dark black shorts on, a navy sweatshirt and a red and white ball cap.

Law enforcement officials have been hunting for Doucette ever since July 20, when a 13-year-veteran Bridgewater Police Service officer, Sgt. Matt Bennett, was knifed in the neck allegedly by Doucette while the policeman was investigating a domestic dispute at a hotel in town. A police dog also was later injured. Police said that when last seen Doucette was wearing black shorts, but had no shirt or shoes.

According to Bolivar, within minutes of her calling 911 law enforcement officials arrived with police dogs.

"They went to the truck, got the sniff and they put the dogs on the trail," recalled Bolivar.

At approximately 1 a.m., July 26, both the Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP Nova Scotia confirmed on Twitter that Doucette had been captured and taken into custody.

Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP Nova Scotia each issued media releases July 26 describing events leading to and including the arrest, which they said followed a report of an attempted theft of a vehicle.

The RCMP media release, issued about 4:30 p.m., gave a detailed account of the events, indicating RCMP National ERT (Early Response Team), Lunenburg District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police Service Dog Team were already in the area conducting searches when the call came in.

"Police was on scene for the attempted vehicle theft within 7 minutes of the call. The Police Dog Service quickly acquired a track while dozens of patrol officers were called into the area to provide support with containment. Within the hour, RCMP and Bridgewater Police Service had 18 marked police vehicles in the area between Hwy #3 Hebbville and the Conquerall Mills Road. The area was contained and all traffic stopped from entering the area," reads the RCMP media release.

RCMP National ERT were said to be on the track and had requested the Nova Scotia RCMP ERT as well as RCMP Air Services from Moncton, N.B.

"As these added resources headed to the area, ERT maintained a constant track on the suspect. At approximately 12:30 a.m., RCMP Air Services spotted a heat signature in the same area as the ERT track."

Twenty minutes later, ERT made contact with the suspect, "and he was arrested without incident." Doucette was transported to Cookville RCMP cell block and attended to by EHS.

"Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP are investigating charges of Attempt Murder, Aggravated Assault, Assault with A Weapon, Assault, Injuring a Law Enforcement Animal, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose (x2), Mischief under $5000 as well as theft of a motor vehicle," according to the release.

The RCMP indicated Doucette will be remanded into custody and appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court "at a date yet to be determined."

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