Website reveals more about Mission escapee

Norman Gilbert Riel slipped away from Mission Institution on Aug. 24, where he was last seen getting into a white Chevy Suburban.

  • Mar. 26, 2015 8:00 a.m.

A posting on the Wanted by the RCMP website reveals more details about the fugitive inmate who escaped from a federal prison in Mission last August.

Norman Gilbert Riel slipped away from Mission Institution on Aug. 24, where he was last seen getting into a white Chevy Suburban. Police launched a manhunt for Riel but he managed to elude capture. His whereabout remains a mystery.

Riel was serving a life sentence for the second-degree murder of a Vancouver man who was fatally shot in the back of the head after four masked intruders brandishing weapons, one of them Riel, stormed his Vancouver apartment in 1994.

In the past, Riel has fled to the United States to avoid apprehension.

On the RCMP website, it states: “Riel has a lengthy history of living off the avails of prostitution and is likely to attend locations frequented by sex trade workers. It is believed that Riel’s family members will aid and enable him to avoid apprehension. Riel may be in the company of his wife and two unidentified males.”

The RCMP posting describes Riel as “a member of the West Coast Players gang and an associate to the Jamaican Posse gang. He has a number of affiliates in the United States (Las Vegas, Hawaii and Los Angeles) as well as contacts in the Mexican and South American drug cartels.”

More details about Riel from the site:

Aliases: Paul Atkinson / James William Baldwin / Norman Gilbert Mayes / Eric J Stanger / Rodney Zimmerman.

Sex: Male

Born: March 1973

Place of Birth: British Columbia

Hair Colour: Brown

Eye Colour: Brown

Weight: 275 lbs / 125 kg

Height: 5 ft 9 in / 175 cm


-Left hip panther

-Right shoulder panther


– Right knuckles

– Left forearm

Riel is considered to be violent and should not be approached. Report any information to the nearest RCMP detachment or the police in your area or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



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