Edmonton man staged own suicide to avoid U.S. extradition on child-luring charges
  • 22
  • 0
15:38

Edmonton man staged own suicide to avoid U.S. extradition on child-luring charges

An Edmonton man staged a suicide to avoid extradition to the United States on child-luring allegations in a case that an Alberta judge has likened to a "B movie" plot.
 
Robert Ermis Andronyk, 70, disappeared last November while trying to appeal a federal government decision to extradite him to Arizona to face seven counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
 
Police discovered Andronyk's vehicle abandoned on a bridge northeast of Edmonton. His daughter discovered his wallet, medications and a list of funeral songs inside his house.
 
A skeptical federal Crown prosecutor brought the matter to court to have a warrant issued for the missing Andronyk, and Court of Appeal of Alberta Justice Jack Watson agreed.
 
"There is also almost a ‘B movie’ quality to the way in which this alleged suicide is said to have occurred. The ‘jump off a bridge’ scenario has no extrinsic support in physical evidence," the judge wrote in a recently filed decision. 
 
Andronyk resurfaced and was arrested in British Columbia in late April.
 
The charges Andronyk faces stem from an investigation by Chandler, Ariz., police in 2013.
 
According to court documents filed with the Court of Appeal of Alberta, Chandler Police Department investigators allege that during a visit to the United States between June 13 and July 17, 2013, Andronyk made online contact with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl.
 
Andronyk allegedly made sexually explicit comments, and arranged to meet the girl at a park. 
 
When he arrived at the park, police were waiting for him. According to court documents, after being arrested, Andronyk admitted to Chandler police officers to the online chats, but told them that on his way to the meeting he had decided "not to go through with it."
 
Andronyk was held in a Maricopa County jail for six days before being released on a bond and returning to Canada. The United States requested he be extradited back to Arizona to stand trial in 2015. 
 
Andronyk fought the extradition request, citing a number of medical conditions he suffers and arguing it would be "unjust or oppressive" for the Canadian government to surrender him to the "infamous corrections regime" in Maricopa County.
 
When federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould approved the extradition request in September 2016, Andronyk applied for a judicial review of the decision. He was released on bail on Oct. 1, 2016, and ordered to check in with his supervisor once a week by telephone, and report in person twice a month. 
 
Andronyk reported to his supervisor on Nov. 29, 2016, then disappeared.
 
A day later, his abandoned vehicle was discovered on Vinca Bridge, which spans the North Saskatchewan River about 65 km northeast of Edmonton. 
 
Inside the vehicle, RCMP Strathcona County officers found a suicide note addressed to Andronyk's daughter, according to an affidavit written by Const. Jeffrey Pettigrew.
 
An RCMP service dog was brought to the scene, but couldn't find any tracks leading away from the vehicle. On Dec. 3, 2016, RCMP conducted an aerial search from the bridge to about four kilometres downriver, but no body was recovered. 
 
But Pettigrew also gathered evidence that on Oct. 31, 2016, Andronyk applied for a Canadian passport using a photo of himself and the name and supporting documents of a slightly older, different man who also has the surname Andronyk.
 
Pettigrew's affidavit was filed as part of an application by Canada's Attorney General on behalf of the United States to have a judge dismiss Andronyk's appeal for judicial review of the extradition order, citing delays and breaching his bail conditions.
 
The judge granted the application April 25, 2017, issuing a Canada-wide warrant for Andronyk's arrest.
 
In his written reasons for a decision filed May 4, Watson added a short postscript: shortly after the warrant was issued, Andronyk was pulled over by police in British Columbia during a traffic stop.
 
According to B.C. Ministry of Justice records, Andronyk had a court appearance in Vernon, B.C., on May 1.
 
The federal Justice Department confirmed in an email Monday that Andronyk has been arrested and is now eligible for removal to the United States, but refused to provide any further details about the case.
 
pparsons@postmedia.com
 
twitter.com/paigeeparsons
source : Calgary SUN
See also:
Your comment
Secret code
angel smile sad wink tongue mib
lol confuse wonder weep fool devil
joy lover vomite girl flower good
heart tough flap perfidy reverie search
rtfm hat crazy ok pioneer tasty
angry love king shiner crazy2 cool
bpt buba lazy3 roulette scare2 snooks