(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Sources indicate that the stabbing that took place at the Midtown Inn on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, has a lot more to the story than just a group of people rushing a room and stabbing a male victim while beating the other.
What we have heard is that the victims of the assault had allegedly sold some bunk, cut down cocaine for top dollar to a trap house on Lincoln. This was looked at as being “ripped off”.
This, naturally, caused a serious concern for the purchasers of the drugs who then assembled a group of men and with the help of a woman who stays at the Midtown Inn, headed over to the building for redemption. The female opened the back door to the building and granted access to the group of 7.
The men entered the room where the alleged victims were believed to be “trapping” out of, demanding their cash. The group took back what was ill-gotten plus some and then beat the two men, allegedly stabbing one of them several times while beating the other. (“trapping” means selling drugs).
One of the alleged victims, 26-year-old Jamal Evans from the Toronto area was previously charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of proceeds of crime and dangerous driving. Those charges stem from a November 2018 incident in Alliston, Ontario, where it is believed he was selling out of an unnamed bar.
We have not been able to confirm any criminal activity on the other alleged victim, Rashad King who is also from the Toronto-area.
35-year-old Justin Morrison of Thunder Bay, who was charged with the incident had a bail hearing today in an attempt to get released from jail. He was not granted bail and is ordered to return to court on January 23rd, 2019 in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom to begin answering to the charges.
Morrison has a lengthy criminal record which includes:
- 17 failure to comply with court orders.
- Numerous convictions for violence.
- Break and enter.
- Possession of a firearm.
The guns, gangs and drug culture is growing rapidly in Thunder Bay. Our police are overwhelmed with investigations. The invasion of Thunder Bay by Toronto-area gangs continues with no stop in sight.
HISTORY article dated december 15th, 2019:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service released video footage showing a group of suspects connected to a recent assault investigation.
Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to the Midtown Inn in the zero-to-100 block of Cumberland Street North at around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 following reports of an assault in progress.
Police learned several individuals had forcefully entered a room in the hotel and assaulted two occupants. Weapons such as a knife were involved in this assault.
Both victims were transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for further treatment. Their injuries were non-life threatening.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Major Crimes Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. As a result of this ongoing investigation, police obtained footage of the group of suspects at the Midtown Inn. That footage is now being shared with the public to assist police in identifying the suspects involved.
At this time police believe the incident was targeted, and not a random attack.
Police have since arrested, charged and held 35-year-old Justin Morrison (pictured) in relation to this incident for court this morning. He appeared in court by video in front of Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic. The Crown Attorney and duty counsel were also present.
Morrison is being charged with:
- Aggravated assault (stabbing).
- Face masked during the commission of an offence.
- Forcible confinement room 203 at the Midtown Inn.
- Assault with a weapon (knife).
Court did not grant him bail today and he is scheduled to make an appearance tomorrow for a bail hearing.
Police are still attempting to identify other people that were involved in the incident and are asking the public to call them at 807-684-1200 if they have any information or via Crime Stoppers, where you may be eligible for up to $2000 for your tip. Crime Stoppers website is www.p3tips.com/273.