(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On February 3rd, 2019, an incident unfolded in the city’s southside which involved firearms and allegedly, debt collection regarding the illicit drug trade.
Below is our report with files from the Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition.
COLLECTION NIGHT WITH A GUN
Just before 3 am on Sunday, February 3, 2019, there were allegedly 2 armed men, one with a shotgun and another with a revolver who showed up at 300 Brodie Street South. The front window of the door was broken and armed men entered the building declaring that it was payment collection night.
Someone called 911 and reported the 2 armed men in the building.
Police respond to the location with the Emergency Task Unit to contain the area and evacuate residents. The 2 armed individuals are already gone.
TBPS locate JASON MAYER in a domestic dispute situation who was WANTED on arrest warrants but never featured on Wanted Wednesday or any other day.
There are no indications that MAYER was involved with the weapons. It is not known if he was the one who was being collected upon either.
The police remained on the Brodie Street scene for about 12 hours.
It was alleged that Steven “HOGAN with a SHOTGUN” and another male went to rob MAYER at 300 Brodie Street South at around 3 am on February 3, 2019.
Police believe they have identified the second suspect and have arrested 26-year-old Austin Martin Reinsalu. He has had a warrant for his arrest since December 30th, 2019 regarding the Brodie Street incident.
Reinsalu appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom on January 6th, 2020 via video link while in police custody at the Balmoral Street TBPS Headquarters. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Rob Kozak and criminal defence lawyer Brennen Sacevich who was working the duty counsel desk.
Reinsalu is facing the following charges:
- Using a firearm during a robbery in which money was taken.
- Carrying a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence.
- Possession of a firearm without a license.
Allegations are that Hogan was the primary suspect and Reinsalu was just there with a firearm on him. Reinsalu was named in late October and the warrant went out on December 30th once enough evidence was gathered.
Reinsalu is granted release from police custody today without any money being promised or paid on the following conditions:
- Not to contact Hogan and one other person.
- Not to be within 100 meters of the other person.
- Not to possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.
Reinsalu is ordered released from police custody and has a future court date scheduled where he will have to begin answering to the charges.
Jason Mayer died tragically in 2019 during a non-criminal matter. God rest his soul.
With files from Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition.