SWIFT CURRENT – An arrest warrant has been issued for Ricky Manz of Richmound, a QAnon supporter who was charged with assault in October.
Manz, 59, failed to appear in Leader Circuit Court on the assault charge and the judge issued the bench warrant Nov. 16.
Manz owns the abandoned school in Richmound where QAnon self-proclaimed leader Romana Didulo and her supporters camped out.
On Oct. 7, Leader RCMP received a report of an assault in Richmound. The police investigation determined there was an altercation between two men and one man assaulted the other one. No injuries were reported.
Leader RCMP, with the assistance of Saskatchewan RCMP’s General Investigation Section, investigated and arrested Manz without incident in Richmound on Oct. 11.
Didulo posted on Telegram on Oct. 11 that Rick Manz was missing. She then posted on Oct. 12 that she received a text message from "His Excellency Rick Manz" and the Swift Current RCMP were driving him home to Richmound.
Didulo and her group left Richmound in mid-November and went to a nearby farm. Residents posted photos to social media on Nov. 27 saying the group had returned to the school. This hasn’t been confirmed.
Richmound has a population of about 147. It is about 445 kilometres west of Regina, and about 80 kilometres from Medicine Hat, Alta.
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