(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On September 21st, 2019, two adults, one female and one male allegedly robbed a man of his backpack and it’s contents.
Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were dispatched to the area of Red River and Dawson Roads shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 following reports of a person being chased by an individual with what appeared to be a knife.
Using information provided by the passerby who contacted police about the incident, officers were able to locate a suspect who was in possession of a knife.
Officers then located a female who was with the male at the time of the original incident. An investigation eventually revealed the male had approached a male victim on the walking path near Picton and Red River.
The man threatened the victim with a knife while the female attempted to take some of the victim’s belongings.
A male who was in the company of the victim intervened, at which point the accused allowed the victim to leave the area with the group of people he was with.
His Worship, Regional Senior Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron was presiding over bail court this morning along with a Crown Attorney and duty counsel lawyer Rob Atatise.
Both suspects have been charged with robbery over the incident and George is also facing additional charges of:
- Breaching a probation order (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
- Breach of bail condition (reside in Seine River First Nation).
The Crown states that they are not consenting to the release of George based on all three grounds of concern. The primary ground concerns tells us that the Crown believes the likelihood of the accused to return for court is low. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that should the accused be released, that they are likely to re-offend or become a public safety concern. Tertiary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that if the accused were to be released, the public may lose confidence in the administration of justice.
The Crown consents to the release of Cromarty and indicates that Cromarty was only involved as a “secondary” person. Her undertaking conditions are as follows:
- Reside in to 0-100 block of Picton Ave.
- Remain in her residence between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.
- Do not have contact with 3 people, one being George.
- Not be within 20 meters of anywhere the victim may be.
- No weapons.
- Not to be outside her residence with alcohol in her body.
- Not to attend anywhere where the principle purpose of which is the dispensing of alcoholic beverages.
Duty counsel states that he will inform Kevin Matthews about George’s situation, as that is his lawyer of choice. The Justice of the Peace tells the court that the Crown is not consenting to George’s release and orders him to remain in jail until at least Monday when he is going to end up in court again, attempting to get bail.
As George walks away from the video feed, he can be heard saying “I didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t do anything wrong tho” then he says “This isn’t fair!”.
Cromarty was released from jail and is scheduled to return to court on October 15th to begin answering to the charges.