Ex-Manager of Oddfellows Alleged to Have Broken-in, Assault New Manager


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Allegations have risen up regarding the ex-building manager of the Oddfellows building located at 130 May Street South. On December 9th, 2018 51-year-old John Robert Silvester was arrested and charged with sexual assault. Details of that incident are covered under a publication ban.

Further, on November 26th, 2019, Silvester is alleged to have broken into the Oddfellows building. Upon being questioned by the new building manager, it is alleged that Silvester assaulted the new building manager by spitting in the woman’s face and kicking her in the shin. An argument erupted and police were called. An officer located both suspects together in the 200 block of Simpson Street about 20 minutes later. They were subsequently arrested and transported to the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters.

When officers arrived they learned a male and female had been observed breaking into a secured entrance of the Oddfellows. The couple was confronted by a witness, at which point the two suspects assaulted the witness before fleeing the area on bicycles.

Silvester appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Balmoral street police station. Presiding over court this morning was Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman, Crown Attorney Emily Delaney and a duty counsel lawyer. Silvester is facing the following criminal charges:

  • Break and enter to commit an indictable offence (130 May Street South).
  • Assault (on a woman).
  • Sexual assault.

Today, the Crown consents to the release of Silvester on an Undertaking with the following conditions:

  • Not to attend the Oddfellows building located at 130 May Street South.
  • Not to contact three people, one being the victim of the sexual assault, one being the new building manager of the Oddfellows and the third being a witness.
  • Not to be within 100 meters of anywhere those three people live, work, goto school, or otherwise might be.
  • Not to possess any weapons.

Duty counsel tells the court that Silvester was kicked out of the Oddfellows building about 3 weeks ago and needs to attend the building once for an opportunity to retrieve his belongings. The Crown consents to this exception. Court hears that Silvester has been sleeping at friend’s places since he was kicked out.

The Oddfellows was recently closed down by the Health Unit for numerous reasons. That article is linked below.

Silvester is ordered released from police custody and is scheduled to reappear in court on December 23rd, 2019.

Anyone with a photo of Robert Silvester is urged to email it in to us at tips@trcctb.com or text it to 807-355-8917.