Wanted man has extensive criminal background

Rosie Mullaley
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Ray Noftall has 20-page record

Raymond Stanley Noftall — File photo

The St. John’s man at the centre of a police manhunt is no stranger to law enforcement.

Raymond Stanley Noftall has a lengthy criminal record — 20 pages in all, with more than 80 convictions dating from 1983 to 2011.

The 57-year-old is considered armed and dangerous by the RNC, which has been searching for him for the past few days.

Earlier this week, police issued a media release, asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Noftall is wanted in connection with a March 19 incident at a local residence.

He’s suspected of committing an armed robbery, being unlawfully in a dwelling and several weapons-related offences.

Noftall has been arrested in connection with other robberies in the past.

In July 2005, he reportedly held a neighbour hostage with a knife and robbed him in the man’s home on LeMarchant Road.

He was arrested on charges of robbery with violence, forcible confinement and uttering threats.

In 2001, Noftall was sentenced to time served, or 25 months in jail, for his part in the attempted holdup of the Royal Bank on Topsail Road in January of that year.

In 1992, Noftall got a five-year sentence for what’s listed on his record as a prison breach.

Waterford escape

That was around the time he escaped from the Waterford Hospital.

He got six months on top of that for a break-in, theft and fraud charge.

Noftall made headlines in September 2003, when he was shot twice by police executing a search warrant at his then-Gilbert Street home.

As members of the RNC’s tactical unit entered the downtown home, an officer fired twice at Noftall, hitting him in the wrist and forearm.

He was subsequently charged with pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon and two breaches of probation.

Noftall’s record includes mostly property offences, including dozens of break-and-enter convictions, along with thefts, possessing stolen property and possessing a break-in instrument.

There are also convictions for uttering threats, evading police, fraud, forgery, failing to attend court, as well as several court breaches.

In 1983, he was sentenced to two years behind bars for a slew of break-ins from 1982.

Noftall is described as 5-foot-7, 150 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He has several tattoos on his arms and one on his neck.  His left ear is pierced.

Police are warning people to avoid contact with Noftall.

Anyone with information can contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Information can also be left online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.


Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: RNC, Waterford Hospital, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: LeMarchant Road, Topsail Road, Gilbert Street

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Recent comments

  • Willy
    March 22, 2012 - 19:09

    The good and the glorious have spoken!!..lol

  • william power
    March 22, 2012 - 17:15

    Can anyone explain why a parasite like this, with such a long criminal record, is still walking the streets and not growing old in a prison somewhere? Apparently, the protection of the public is not a factor when these types are being sentenced. Maybe it's time that the Justice Department start replacing judges and hire some that aren't afraid to do their jobs and hand out sentences that fit the crimes committed.

  • wavy
    March 22, 2012 - 09:21

    We need a Canadian version of a Three Strikes/ repeat offenders law for career criminals like this degenerate. This guy obviously has no respect whatsoever for the law or for those the law supposidly protects. There's absolutely no deterent factor- he knows he'll be back out on the street in a couple of months.

  • Willie Hunt
    March 22, 2012 - 09:14

    Everybody makes misteaks and diserves a second chance. My ol' man use to say "never judge somebody until you walk a mile & have them do onto you" and he was always right. Willie Hunt Pouch Cove NL

    • Don
      March 22, 2012 - 11:49

      To Willie Hunt ---- This guy has been making mistakes since 1983. Give me a break !!!!!!

  • Kevin Power
    March 22, 2012 - 08:45

    Does the words career Criminal mean anything? I seriously doubt that there is anyway to rehabilitate this guy.

  • John Stokes
    March 22, 2012 - 07:15

    No justice at all. A total dirt bag like this, with the record we have is free. Look Jack Tobin is also free after killing someone he for 6 months. What has our justice system become.

  • nobody
    March 22, 2012 - 07:12

    Poor little fella. Probably has a drug problem. I predict 18 months for this recent run from the law. Then he'll be back in public. God love thee Newfoundland.