(FORT FRANCES, ON) – On November 26th, 2019 officers from the Fort Frances detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a situation in which a woman was assaulted twice in one day. Upon officers arrival, they identified a suspect and made the arrest.
32-year-old Mitchell Travis Assin was arrested and held in police custody pending a court appearance. Sometime during the police interaction, it is alleged that Assin assaulted a police officer while in the course of their duties. The photo we obtained from Assin’s Facebook page appears to be sometime after the incident occured.
Presiding over court this morning in Thunder Bay was Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman. Annis appeared in that courtroom via telephone call from the Fort Frances OPP detachment. Crown Attorney Emily Delaney was also present along with a duty counsel lawyer.
Assin is facing the following criminal charges:
- Assault (on a woman) x2.
- Assault police.
Assin has about 14 criminal convictions on his criminal record which include domestic violence and assaulting police. Today, the Crown tells the court that Assin is in a Crown-onus situation but there are concerns on the primary and secondary grounds regarding his release today. A “Crown-onus” situation means that the Crown carries the burden to show the courts why Assin should remain in jail. Primary ground concerns means that the Crown believes the liklihood of Assin to return to court, should he be released, is low. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that should Assin be released, there is a substantial risk that he may either re-offend or become a public safety concern.
Court hears that Assin has a lengthy criminal record and that he is alleged to have committed all three assaults on the same day.
Duty counsel requests on behalf of Assin for a bail hearing to be run tomorrow in a Fort Frances courtroom. Assin is denied bail today and will remain in jail until at least tomorrow, where he will have another swing at being released.
Sources indicate that Assin is not from the Fort Frances area and may be there solely for the purpose of working at an area mine.