VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — A taxi driver has been honoured by the Victoria Police Department for his help in the arrest of a dangerous sex offender last weekend.
Fadil Rashead knew something was wrong last Sunday when the passenger he picked up asked him to go to a store and buy him new clothes because the police were looking for him.
The passenger sitting in his cab was violent sex offender Scott Jones. The 56-year-old is a court-designated dangerous offender who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for being unlawfully at large for about three days.
“Our search had included dozens of officers and staff, alongside our partners with the RCMP and police officers in neighbouring communities,” a release from the Victoria Police Department reads.
“We had notified our community through Tweets, media updates and interviews, and through alerts on our VicPD Connect app, asking them to keep an eye out for Jones and to call us if they see him. On Sunday, Mr. Rashead did exactly that.”
Rashead drove to the store but instead of buying a clothes, he called 911. West Shore RCMP arrived at the scence and took Jones into custody.
On Friday, Rashead was presented with the VicPD Civic Service Award for his actions.
“On behalf of the Victoria Police Department, I want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for your commitment to your community,” Chief Manak said.
“Mr. Rashead, thank you for doing the right thing. It is my pleasure to present you with the VicPD Civic Service Award.”