(THUNDER BAY, ON) – An incident erupted at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center on December 31st, 2019, which resulted in a charge being laid by the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS).
Allegations are that a patient at the hospital became violent and needed to be restrained by security. Security responded to the situation and during the incident, one of the hospital staff suffered an injury to their ear. Days later, police laid the charge and the suspect appeared in court.
34-year-old Aaron Brian Atlookan was arrested and charged with assault. He was in the hospital at the time of his arrest and was not cleared to leave the facility. This morning’s court appearance was done via a telephone call to the officer that was stationed in Atlookan’s hospital room.
Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding over court this morning along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em UP!” VanKessel and famed criminal defence lawyer Robert Habjan filling in the role of duty counsel.
Crown Attorney VanKessel tells the court that Atlookan is in a “Crown-onus” situation and that they are not going to pursue their onus. She recommends Atlookan’s release this morning on a “no monetary commitment release plan” with a bail condition to keep the peace and be of good behaviour towards the staff member he is alleged to have assaulted.
Duty counsel Habjan tells the court that he will forward the information from today’s hearing to Atlookan’s lawyer of choice. Atlookan is ordered released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in courtroom 105 on February 11th, 2020 in-person to begin answering to the charge laid against him. Atlookan remained in the hospital after being granted his release from police custody.