Wanted man has extensive criminal background

Ray Noftall has 20-page record

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on March 22, 2012
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.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

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