(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On April 29th, 2019, Thunder Bay Police Service officers responded to reports of a shoplifting and assault incident at the Walmart on 777 Memorial Avenue just before 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.
Responding officers learned a woman was leaving the store in an attempt to steal beer when a security guard intervened. The accused woman bit the security guard in the hand as he attempted to place her under arrest.
Police arrested the accused woman at the scene.
The accused claimed she was unable to speak or understand English. Officers exhausted multiple efforts to communicate with her through translators and even Google Translate.
The accused eventually spoke with officers in English, but provided a false name to investigators and made false allegations of a kidnapping incident.
Annika Rose GEORGE, 20, of Thunder Bay, was charged with:
- Theft Under $5,000.
- Obstruct Peace Officer.
- Public Mischief – Providing False Statement.
GEORGE appeared in court the following Monday and was released with conditions and a future appearance date.
George has found herself back in custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station as she is alleged to have failed to appear in court in October of 2019. Further, George has a warrant out for her arrest in Atikokan.
She appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom on November 11th, 2019 via video link from the Balmoral TBPS station. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and two duty counsel lawyers, Emily Morris and Justin Mcconnell.
The Crown states that although she has outstanding warrants in a neighbouring district and has these matters before the court, her criminal record thus far is clean so they are recommending release under the following conditions:
- Reside at her Bay street residence.
- Not to attend the Wal-Mart located at 777 Memorial Ave.
- Not to contact the person she allegedly bit.
- Not to possess any weapons.
- Attend court as required.
Duty counsel states that they have spoken with George before court and canvassed the conditions with her. She is agreeable to them and is ordered released from jail. She is scheduled to appear back in court on November 26th, 2019 to continue answering to the charges before her.
With files from TBPS.