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Steven Bugden, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1997, escaped from the minimum security unit of Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick Wednesday evening, according to the Correctional Service of Canada.

During an inmate count around 10 p.m. AT, staff members at the multi-level security federal institution discovered that Bugden was not there. He was last accounted for at 4 p.m., when recreation first started at the minimum security sector.

"It was discovered ? after recreation was done that he was not in his house," said Emile Belliveau, assistant warden with management services at Dorchester Penitentiary.

Belliveau described Bugden's departure as more of a "walk out" than an escape.

"There's no walls that separate this sector from the community ? this is the last step for them to be introduced into the society," he said.

"If an inmate decides he wants to leave, he can do so on his own." Still, he said, "we take this very seriously."

Bugden is serving a life sentence for the murder of Angela Tong, a 22-year-old Carleton University student who was stabbed 19 times at an Ottawa hotel in March 1997. In announcing his escape from prison, Correctional Service Canada said Bugden was serving an indeterminate sentence.

'We don't know his frame of mind, we don't know what his intentions are.'
- Acting Cpl. Dan Hilchie, RCMP
The service said it immediately contacted RCMP, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

The prison was searched by correctional officers while RCMP, with the help of a police dog, searched the surrounding area shortly after 10 p.m., according to the police.

Acting Cpl. Dan Hilchie, with the RCMP's Sackville detachment, said police brought in the canine unit because Bugden had left in a winter storm and police wanted to "find him immediately around the area."

"The weather wasn't very co-operative," said Hilchie.

Although the area outside the prison is well lit, Hilchie also said it was dark when the inmate left the premises.

At this point, he said, RCMP aren't sure of Bugden's location. Police are continuing to gather information to find out either his location or direction of travel.

"We're still gathering information from family, friends, contacts," he said. "We're investigating video tapes as well to see if he went on foot and or with a vehicle." 

The 45-year-old is five-feet five-inches tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has fair complexion, blue eyes and blond hair.

Belliveau said the minimum security sector consists of housing units, which include a shared living area for four to six inmates.

Employees at Dorchester Penitentiary, a multi-level security federal institution, discovered that Bugden was not accounted for late Wednesday evening. (Steve Lawrence/CBC)

Belliveau said Bugden was placed in the living space because he was evaluated by the prison and is considered low risk to the public.

"There's all kinds of tools we use here to evaluate the risk [posed by] this individual," he said.

But RCMP said anyone who sees Bugden should contact police immediately and not approach him.

"We don't know his frame of mind, we don't know what his intentions are," said Hilchie. "We just don't want to put the public at risk." 

The correctional service is asking anyone who has information on Bugden's whereabouts to contact police.

It said it will investigate the circumstances of the incident and is working with police to locate him as quickly as possible.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2018, 04:00:12 PM by Sap1 »


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Re: Steven Bugden - escaped convict from New Brunswick Dorchester penitentiary
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 06:17:29 PM »
My, my my!  All of the steps they are taking to find this man. This is positive action?

Down playing it, calling it more of a Walk Out, rather than an escape!! Perhaps he should run for Office!!

The horse got out of the barn.....Now it occurs  to them, they should have closed the door?
He had no business being in minimum security in the first place. That is a non brainer.
His actions prove it.

What on earth is up with these bleeding hearts?
He viciously stabbed a young lady nineteen times, and was sentenced to life in prison.
What does it take to get it through this penal systems thick head?

I would not be surprised if there are prisoners in the Max sector who should be in the Minimum and visa versa.
Someone royally screwed up, and should be relieved of tax payers money, their Pay Cheques.

« Last Edit: February 08, 2018, 07:34:01 PM by jellybean »


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Re: Steven Bugden - escaped convict from New Brunswick Dorchester penitentiary
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 06:56:42 PM »
I was really surprised to see this on the news tonight that he was in min security and he stabbed a young woman to death. There were people in the area giving reports tonight that they didn't even know he had escaped until they heard it on the news. He must have had someone lined up to help him or something. It is extremely cold and there was a snow storm in N.B., almost every second day there is a storm. I believe he must have had help, they haven't captured him as yet, on the evening news he is still out there somewhere. Who knows where this guy could be, not likely around N.B. I do hope they capture him very soon. :o :o :o :o


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Re: Steven Bugden - escaped convict from New Brunswick Dorchester penitentiary
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2018, 12:21:52 PM »
New Brunswickians can rest easier. Bugden has been captured. He was supposedly in prison indefinitely for a gruesome murder, so how is it he would be in minimum security ... a place prisoners are in before being out on parole?


Steven Bugden was arrested between Dorchester and Sackville, New Brunswick RCMP said in a release. RCMP didn?t reveal details on how he was located and arrested.