(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service is requesting public assistance in identifying two male suspects connected to an armed robbery Saturday morning.
Officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched just after 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 following reports of a robbery that had just occurred at the Circle K convenience store at 1315 Arthur Street East.
Police learned two male suspects had entered the store armed with long guns. The two suspects pointed the firearms at the clerk and demanded cash and store merchandise. The pair fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspects were last seen on foot heading northbound on Franklin Street.
Suspect 1 is described as a male with a lighter complexion and thin build standing between 5’5” and 5’8” tall. He wore a dark jogging-type pants with white writing on the upper left vertically down the leg, black shoes with white soles, black hoodie with “G-Unit Heavyweight” in white on the front and white stripes around the wrists with a white tripe around the shoulders and bottom, a purple face covering with white symbol on the front. He was also carrying a purple bag and a solid black military style long gun.
Suspect 2 is described as having a lighter complexion, thin build and standing between 5’5” and 5’8” tall. He wore a medium grey slim cut pants, black shoes with white soles and white laces, solid black hoodie, grey face covering, purple hat, glasses with clear lenses. He carried a satchel type bag with a wide black strap that had solid black on the front and back with digital camouflage print vertically down both sides. He also carried a solid black hunting style rifle.
Police have arrested and charged 18-year-old Skyler Wanakamik and charged him with numerous charges. He appeared in court this morning via video link while in police custody at the TBPS station on Balmoral Street.
Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro and a duty counsel representative Jay Wokefield. Wanakamik is facing the following charges:
- Armed Robbery (black barrel .410 shotgun) ($80-$90 and some smokes).
- Possession of a gun without a license.
- Pointing a firearm.
- Wearing a mask with intent to commit an indictable offence.
- Possession of a stolen firearm.
Wanakamik was denied release from jail today and is headed to the Thunder Bay District Jail. He is scheduled to return to court on Monday for another swing at being released.
Another suspect appears to be involved and has been named. The suspect remains at large.
Wanakamik was recently charged in relation to a stabbing. He was initially held in custody but after a bail hearing, was granted release. Below is our December 3rd, 2019 article surrounding that.
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – It’s been a while since the city had a stabbing incident. A 18-year-old man named Skyler Wanakamik was arrested and detained by hardworking officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) after responding to reports that a man had been stabbed.
Details are thin at this point.
Wanakamik appeared in court this morning via video link while in police custody at the TBPS Balmoral Street station. Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchkeesic was presiding along with Crown Attorney Tamara Fairchild and defence lawyer.
Wanakamik is facing a single charge of Aggravated Assault.
Bail is not granted today and Wanakamik is ordered to remain in jail for the time being.
He will be shipped off to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail where he will likely remain until his inevitable release.
Anyone with further details or photos of the suspect are urged to text 807-355-8917 or email email@example.com