(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A man who has ties to Manitoba as arrested overnight after allegations arose that he attempted to break into the Thai Kitchen, along with 2 other people. This happened in the early morning hours of January 5th.
Further, 34-year-old Christopher Tyrone Oombash is also alleged to have broken into the Nook restaurant on December 28th, 2019.
Officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to a break and enter that had just occurred at the Nook restaurant at 271 Bay Street just after 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28. This was the second break and enter to that business that morning; the first occurring around 2 a.m.
During the second break-in, two suspects entered the business. One suspect attempted to gain access to the cash register, while the second suspect attempted to steal merchandise from the business.
Both entered the business through the forced entry of a side window. Both exited from the same location.
A man was assaulted on October 21st, 2019 allegedly by Oombash and there was some fraud on August 4th, 2019 which is tied to Oombash as well. Further, there was a residential break and enter on Algonquin Ave that Oombash has also been charged with.
The Thai Kitchen break and enter didn’t have just Oombash involved. 29-year-old Paul Winnifred Vivier was also charged in regard to this incident. Vivier was also charged with possession of break-in instruments and breaching his bail conditions which ordered him to remain in his residence between 8:30pm and 6:00 am. Annika Rose George was also charged with this incident and she caught an extra charge of obstructing police by providing a false name.
Annika George was also charged with an incident on April 28th, 2019 where she is facing allegations of obstructing police, stealing and providing a false statement to police in which she claimed she was kidnapped. Paul Vivier has outstanding drug charges stemming out of Thunder Bay.
All three suspects appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning in front of Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman. Hardened Crown Attorney P. Pasloski was also present along with criminal defence lawyer Robert Habjan working as duty counsel.
The Crown denied the release of all three suspects. Vivier is returning to court on Tuesday with George while Oombash is returning on Monday.
History on Oombash, article dated December 21st, 2015 via Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition:
This was a rather lengthy and interesting court appearance. Christopher Oombash, 30 years old appeared in plea court represented by local lawyer Leon Nicol today. He faced a variety of charges including break & enter, possession of stolen property, fraud, breach of probation. A slim, bespectacled Oombash was brought handcuffed into the courtroom before Judge Pelletier and pleaded guilty to all charges. Admitted facts to the court were on Dec 19, 2012, an alarm went off at Reid’s Country Wide Furniture. Oombash had entered through a roof vent and crashed through a suspended ceiling, he stole 500$ and some credit cards then destroyed a window frame to exit the building.
He also plead guilty to stealing a 931$ disability check and cashing it in another incident
Another break and enter occurred at 135 Valley St (I didn’t hear the date of that offence) Oombash had stolen a TV, stereo and cigar humidor. On October 30, 2015 Oombash smashed a window of a home at 813 Dease Street and entered the home and began destroying the homeowner’s property causing 8000$ damage and leaving a lot of his blood at the scene. The homeowner was not home. He then proceeded to 709 Dease Street and smashed another window at this different home. He entered and caused thousands of dollars of damage to that homeowner’s property. The homeowner was home and called 911. Oombash was found and arrested at that location. He’s been in custody since then.
His criminal record is so lengthy (5 pages) that it is not even read in the court due to the length.
The Crown Attorney is seeking 4-6 years in prison for Oombash. There is a lengthy pre sentence report before Judge Pelletier but she says that she would have preferred a Gladue Report and feels that there should have been an Aboriginal Sentencing Circle as well. She hears that Oombash has terrorized dozens of victims over the course of his criminal career. Oombash is asked if he wants to address the court. He states that he “doesn’t know what’s wrong with him” Judge Pelletier decides that she needs more court time for sentencing and puts sentencing to Dec 23,2015. It seems as if Oombash will be receiving a lengthy prison sentence.
History on Annika George, article dated April 29th, 2019:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – 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, is charged with:
- Theft Under $5,000.
- Obstruct Peace Officer.
- Public Mischief – Providing False Statement.
GEORGE appeared in court Monday and was released with conditions and a future appearance date.
History on Paul Vivier, article dated June 13th, 2019:
Investigators with the Project Disruption joint task force arrested 10 and seized cash and drugs following the search of several apartment units in a building in the 200 block of Pearl Street just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.
Through the course of an investigation, police learned the units were being used by suspected Toronto-area gang members for drug trafficking and being aided by local residents.
Officers obtained and executed search warrants on three units and as a result seized a quantity of crack cocaine, Morphine and Oxycodone pills, nearly $40,000 CAD, and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of about $7,000 CAD
Anthony Wayne MCCULLOUGH, 32, of Thunder Bay is charged with Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
A 16-year-old Toronto male is charged with Possession of a Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, and Fail to Comply with Sentence.
Paul Winnifred VIVIER, 28, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.
Jahmal Oliver KERR, 27, of Toronto, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, and Probation Order Non-Compliance.
Shahin RASHID, 26, of Toronto is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
Richard Melvin SMITH, 63, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
Mekhi Kyle CUFFIE, 21, of Toronto, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance.
Daniel Ezekiel GYAN, 24, of Toronto, is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance.
Simeon Sylvester KENO, 32, of Thunder Bay, Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, Fail to Comply with Condition Recognizance.
Denise YELLOWHEAD, 31, of Thunder Bay is charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000.
All accused appeared in court Thursday and were remanded into custody with a future appearance date.
Project Disruption is an ongoing specialized joint force operation that includes resources and members from the Thunder Bay Police Service’s intelligence unit, OPP, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service and Anishinabek Police Service.