WATCH: A convicted child killer and arsonist was arrested in Saanich this morning after escaping from prison in Mission. Michael Douglas Sheets was the subject of a nation-wide manhunt over the long weekend.And last night, police got a tip he was holed up on the Island.
A man convicted of killing two young children has been arrested by Saanich police after escaping a prison in Mission on the weekend.
Forty-eight-year-old Michael Sheets is serving a sentence of more than 14 years for manslaughter and arson in a firebombing of a Calgary home that killed a six-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister in 2004.
Sheets was reported missing from the minimum-security Mission Institution Saturday.
Saanich police said they received information he may be in Saanich on Monday night.
Officers confirmed Sheets to be hiding in an outbuilding in the 5800-block of Old East Road.
On Tuesday morning at around 5:20 a.m., they arrested Sheets, with help from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team.
Sheets was arrested without incident and will be transferred into the custody of Correctional Service Canada.
We've located and arrested Michael Sheets in #Saanich #yyj. He was convicted of killing 2 young children & escaped from Mission Institution on Saturday. He's now back in custody. Info on our website: https://t.co/0TzsLFAPmX pic.twitter.com/29CVaJErnK
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) September 4, 2018
This is the second time Sheets has escaped from prison. In 2015, Sheets was serving time at the William Head Institution in Metchosin and escaped during a temporary absence in Victoria, but was quickly recaptured.
Sheets, who may have also used the name John Hala, was granted day parole last August.