Al­berta man staged sui­cide to avoid ex­tra­di­tion

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

A judge has scoffed at what he calls a man’s B-movie at­tempt to stage his sui­cide and as­sume a new iden­tity to avoid be­ing sent to the United States on child lur­ing charges.

Court records say Robert An­dronyk of Ed­mon­ton van­ished last fall af­ter ap­peal­ing a fed­eral govern­ment de­ci­sion that or­dered him ex­tra­dited to Ari­zona to face al­le­ga­tions from 2013 of lur­ing a mi­nor for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

The records say that RCMP found an aban­doned ve­hi­cle Nov. 30 out­side the city near a bridge over the partly frozen North Saskatchewan River. A sui­cide note ad­dressed to An­dronyk’s daugh­ter was in­side.

The note said An­dronyk, 70, feared ex­tra­di­tion, faced lengthy prison time and couldn’t af­ford a lawyer. Moun­ties started a search and noted smudge marks on the bridge rail­ing, but couldn’t find any trace of An­dronyk de­spite bring­ing in a dog team and a he­li­copter.

“Based on my ob­ser­va­tions at the lo­ca­tion, I be­lieved Robert An­dronyk may have jumped off the Vinca bridge,” Const. Jef­frey Pet­ti­grew wrote in an af­fi­davit.

An­dronyk’s daugh­ter told Moun­ties she had found her fa­ther’s wal­let, driver’s li­cence, credit card, med­i­ca­tions and a list of funeral songs at his home.

When Moun­ties dug deeper, they learned An­dronyk had re­cently given his daugh­ter a large sum of money.

The Crown grew skep­ti­cal when RCMP learned Cana­dian pass­port in­ves­ti­ga­tors were look­ing into a sus­pected fraud­u­lent ap­pli­ca­tion. RCMP said they be­lieved An­dronyk had sub­mit­ted a false ap­pli­ca­tion us­ing his brother’s name and birth date, but us­ing a photo of him­self.

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