Calgary Herald

Officers seek help finding man who fled house arrest

- CLARA HO

City police are reiteratin­g their plea for the public’s help in locating a man who fled house arrest while awaiting trial in a 2013 swarming death.

Nathan Paul Gervais, 21, of Calgary, was charged with first-degree murder in the homicide of 18-yearold Lukas Strasser-Hird the morning of Nov. 23, 2013.

Gervais was placed under 24hour house arrest while awaiting trial, which is scheduled for early May.

Insp. Don Coleman of the Cal- gary Police Service’s major crimes section said officers had been doing regular random checks on Gervais to make sure he was complying with the court order.

But when police went to check on him at his home Saturday morning, he was nowhere to be found and investigat­ors have been unable to locate him since.

It’s not known if he is still in Calgary.

“We had been pursuing him through other investigat­ive avenues and did not want to compromise those by releasing his informatio­n earlier,” Coleman said. “However, now we’re at a point in our search where we require the public’s assistance in locating Nathan.

“It would appear he may have fled to avoid prosecutio­n. That’s always speculatio­n at this point.”

Canada-wide warrants have now been issued for his arrest.

Gervais is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-8, with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes.

Strasser-Hird had recently returned to Calgary after studying abroad in Bolivia and was out with friends at the now-closed club Vinyl when they were confronted by a group.

The two groups were separated by staff, with Strasser-Hird’s group taken out of the building through the back door.

But her group was confronted again and a second brawl ensued. Strasser- Hird sustained lifethreat­ening injuries in the altercatio­n and later died in hospital.

Franz Emir Cabrera, Joch Simon Pouk, Assmar Ryiad Shlah, and Jordan Lee Liao each face one count of second-degree murder in connection with the case.

Coleman urged anyone who has been in contact with Gervais over the past week, or anyone with informatio­n on his whereabout­s, to come forward because his disappeara­nce could have a significan­t impact on the upcoming trial.

“It’s quite impactful as there’s multiple accused in this case,” he said. “So it has the potential to delay everything."

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Nathan Paul Gervais

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