Police Car Damaged, Officers Assaulted, Two Arrested

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(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – Hardworking officers with the Sioux Lookout detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were investigating a wanted person, 45-year-old Vernon Chapman when they came across him. Upon attempting to confirm his identity, it is alleged Vernon attempted to obstruct the police from confirming his identity.

As police attempted to arrest Vernon, an altercation took place which resulted in Vernon alleging to have assaulted two police officers, one being a woman. Damian Chapman was also present, a relative of Vernon, and is also alleged to have not only assault a female police officer, but also cause damage to the police vehicle.

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Vernon was wanted for allegedly failing to attend court in regards to a sexual assault charge that was laid against him. He appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call from the Sioux Lookout OPP detachment.

His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding over court matters this morning along with Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and a duty counsel lawyer. Below are the Chapman’s charges.

Vernon Chapman is facing the following criminal charges:

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  • Assaulting two police officers.
  • Assault police with intent to interfere with the arrest of Damian Chapman.
  • Obstruct police.
  • Sexual assault.

Damian Chapman is facing the following criminal charges:

  • Assault police officer.
  • Mischief causing damage (police vehicle).

The Crown tells the court that Damian is in a Crown-onus situation, which means that the burden is on the Crown to show the courts why Damian ought to be held in jail. Further, the Crown tells the court that Vernon is in a reverse-onus situation, which means the task of showing the courts why he should be released falls on Vernons lap.

Court hears from the Crown that they are opposed to the release of both suspects. Both men have secondary ground concerns regarding their release which means that the Crown believes that should the suspects be released, it is likely that the they will either re-offend, become a public safety concern or both.

Both men are ordered to remain in jail until their next scheduled court date which is Monday in a Sioux Lookout courtroom. Further, they are ordered not to contact each other while they are in jail.

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