A psychiatric patient who walked away from a Kamloops facility three days after a violent outburst is back in medical care and destined to return.
Ashley Patrick Koftinoff was taken from the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment near Invermere, where he was picked up, to Cranbrook Hospital late Thursday night, Staff Sgt. Marco Shehovac said Friday.
Koftinoff, 37, is diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. A week ago Friday, he was at Hillside Psychiatric Centre in Kamloops when he became so violent staff took shelter and RCMP were called in.
On Monday, he was given a one-hour day pass, but he didn't return. He was due for a court appearance in Castlegar Wednesday. He was spotted at an A&W restaurant in Invermere Thursday and taken into police custody.
There was concern about him being without medication for four days. But Shehovac said Koftinoff didn't give police any problems when they found him.
"He was good. He was calm. Very co-operative. A bit agitated and tired. He didn't cause us any concerns at all," he said.
Shehovac said Koftinoff will be transferred back to Kamloops. At this point, he's in the hands of health officials, he said.