Merritt man facing CSO breach allegations


2021-08-30 13:36 PDT

File # #2019-149, 2021-4245 and 2021-4428

A Merritt man has been arrested after allegedly breached his Conditional Sentence Order twice in a week.

On July 23, 2021, Mr. August David Caprian pleaded guilty to 3-counts of arson and 1 count of break and enter with intent, stemming a series of church arsons that occurred in the Nicola Valley in January 2019. Mr. Caprian received a 24-month Conditional Sentence Order. Part of his CSO conditions were 24 hour house arrest and not to consume alcohol or drugs unless prescribed.

On August 20, 2021, two RCMP officers patrolling the fire evacuation zones in Lower Nicola, came across an intoxicated male on a bicycle riding without a helmet. The male was identified as Mr. Caprian. He was subsequently arrested for breaching his CSO conditions. Mr. Caprian was released from custody and later an unendorsed warrant was issued for his arrest.

On August 26, 2021, a Merritt RCMP officer attended Mr. Caprian’s residence to arrest him on his outstanding warrant. Mr. Caprian was not home and again found to be breaching his CSO conditions. He was later located and arrested by the officer at a different residence. On August 27, 2021, Mr. Caprian appeared before the Courts and was released on an Undertaking to abide by his CSO conditions.

The matter is currently before the Courts today to fix a date for a CSO hearing regarding the allegations.

Released by:
Sgt. Josh Roda
Operations NCO Merritt RCMP

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