UPDATE: Man arrested on Canada-wide warrant back in court Monday

Published on August 23, 2014
Matthew Paul King is shown entering provincial court in St. John’s in this file photo.
Telegram file photo

A man arrested in Topsail early Saturday morning on a Canada-wide warrant will return to a St. John’s courtroom on Monday.

Matthew Paul David King, 24, appeared in court Saturday, a few hours after Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers and a K-9 unit allegedly had to chase the man to make an arrest. He was remanded in custody and will return to court Monday.

Police conducted a traffic stop in Topsail at 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Following his arrest, police charged King with assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest, breaching probation and diverting suspicion through the use of a false identity.

The RNC did not indicate in its overnight report why King was the subject of a nation-wide arrest warrant.

King is perhaps best remembered for expressing remorse at a September 2012 sentencing hearing in St. John’s by rapping an apology titled “Forgiveness.”

He pleaded guilty to several charges that year related to a pair of incidents, including hit and run and assault causing bodily harm. He received a 26-month jail sentence on Oct. 4, 2012. With time served prior to sentencing, he had 24 months remaining on his term.

No address was listed for King, but previous media stories indicate he has lived in Mount Pearl.


(Earlier story)

Police arrested a 24-year-old man who is the subject of a Canada-wide warrant early Saturday morning in Topsail.

The arrest came after the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary stopped a vehicle in the Conception Bay South community at 2:20 a.m.

The accused allegedly tried to run away, but the RNC eventually tracked him down and made an arrest following a foot chase that also involved the K-9 unit.

Police have not released any details about why the man is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, but he will be facing additional charges when he appears in a St. John’s courtroom Saturday — public mischief, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.