(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police have arrested a Toronto area male on September 1st, 2017 who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for multiple drug, firearm and aggravated assault of a police officer related charges in Toronto.
Officers located the male in a vehicle with two other males in a parking lot on the corner of Arthur Street and Vickers Street just before 12:30 p.m. The Emergency Task Unit attempted to arrest the male at this location. Two males fled the scene. A 39 year old Thunder Bay male was taken into custody and has been charged with drug possession related charges.
25-year-old Kibrom Kevin Tesfay, a resident of Toronto, was located and arrested on the Canada-wide warrant in the area of Ridgeway and Vickers Street. Police located:
- 3.6 grams of cocaine.
- 1.1 grams of marijuana.
- $1140 Canadian currency.
A K-9 unit with the Ministry of Natural Resources was requested to search the scene as it was believed a firearm may have been dropped by one of the fleeing males. The search has been concluded and a firearm was not located. The vehicle associated to these male in this incident has been towed to the TBPS station.
Tesfay was charged with:
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).
- Proceeds of crime under $5000.
- Obstruct police.
- Possession of a substance banned under the controlled drugs and substance act (marijuana).
Tesfay was scheduled to appear in courtroom 102 at the Thunder Bay Courthouse today to enter a guilty plea to the trafficking charge. He is currently in custody in southern Ontario for numerous other criminal charges he is facing. He has authorized his veteran lawyer George Joseph, to enter a guilty plea on his behalf, in his absence to the trafficking cocaine charge.
Presiding over court today is a visiting Justice from Peterborough, I didn’t manage to catch his name, I will update that later. Crown attorney is Arturo Acosta.
There is a joint position being submitted for the judge’s consideration today which would have Tesfay get dinged with a $1000 fine and 1 year to pay. The suggestion by Crown and defence counsel is accepted by the Justice, although the Judge appears to ask the Crown if the money that was found with Tesfay should be used to pay the fine. The Crown indicates that he does not want to go against what the Crown that oversaw the case has stated would be acceptable, which is that the money found with Tesfay is to be forfeited to the Crown’s office.
Tesfay is ordered to pay a $1000 fine and has forfeited the drugs and money. His other charges out of Thunder Bay were withdrawn.
HISTORY ON TESFAY
Around February 17th, 2011, a shooting happened at a bar in the Donlands and Danforth area in Toronto early in the morning. Police say that around 1:45 am officers responded to a scene where a 18-year-old male was surrounded by three men at a bar.
The male victim was shot in the stomach after one of the three men pulled out a gun and opened fire. Police say the victim was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Search warrants were executed soon after and police managed to arrest two men who are believed to be involved in the situation. At the time, Akins Fortune was 22-years-old and Kibrom Tesfay was 18-year-old. Both suspects are from Toronto and face a list of charges which include attempted murder and aggravated assault.
Tesfay racked up the following charges:
- Aggravated Assault x2.
- Flight while pursued by Peace Officer.
- Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle.
- Possession of Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized.
- Possession of Restricted Weapon with Ammunition.
- Careless Storage – Firearm.
- Careless Use – Firearm.
- Tamper with Serial Number – Firearm.
- Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in
28-years-old at the time, Shaun Davis is the third suspect who police were looking for at the time.