New Year’s Eve Violence Erupts at Hospital


(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.


9 Replies to “New Year’s Eve Violence Erupts at Hospital”

    1. Taxpayers of course. That’s you and me.

      It’s all legal aid unless you’re a drug dealer. They can afford to hire real lawyers.

  1. 10-90-100.

    Even when receiving care, there’s no appreciation nor respect. Absolute loser.

    Hope he recovers quickly and doesn’t miss too much work…….

  2. I think this is the Aaron Atlookan that used to live on Sequoia St back in 1996. He was a good kid back then when I was friends with him (I was 12 at the time). I don’t know what possessed him to become like this as an adult. His parents are VERY GOOD people. I recommend he do at least 200 hours of community service given the egregious nature of the assault. If I see him, I’ll give him strong but calm advice against being aggressive and assaultive towards others, because JAIL is a living HELL to be in. If he deviates from his conditions, the Judges in Thunder Bay will remand him to the horror show at the Algoma Street Big House (Thunder Bay Jail).

  3. Quit the catch and release policy. No bail, just jail. build bigger new jails if needed and start billing the reserves when their members can’t or won’t behave. Last resort would be to return these folks to their reserve by force if necessary.

  4. Hey RingofFireDude;
    Take a half day and go spend it at the courthouse as a day of watching (i do it whenever i get a chance just to keep things real)
    You will be so disturbed and disgusted at the legal freebies these people get. Not only that but they get the best of the best lawyers in this town. Ones you and I could probably not afford. Try it as it is very eye opening.

  5. So sad the hard working staff at the hospital have to put up with trash like this on an infinite basis. Natives want separate and distinct treatment I say respect that and give it to them. They should be only dealt with by their own native police force and they ought have their own hospital on the closest reserve and then they can perform all they like. They can spit on their own people all they like. That way non natives wont have to witness all that disgusting attention seeking and our precious resources wont be wasted expotentially.

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