(THUNDER BAY, ON) – At approximately 11:43 pm on Friday, December the 13th, 2019, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) were dispatched to the 100 block of Picton Avenue regarding a 911 call that was made reporting a stabbing had taken place.
Allegations are that on arrival police spoke with a child who was near the entrance of the door that had reported to police that their mother had stabbed his father because he was hitting her. Investigation revealed that both parents were intoxicated and arguing which escalated to a physical altercation. The male then started pushing and punching the woman. At this point the woman then fell to the floor. While she was on the floor, she obtained a kitchen knife and stabbed the man in the shoulder in what appears to be an attempt to defend herself.
At this point, the man then managed to remove the knife from her and punched her 2 or 3 more times. Police located 6 children in the residence at the time ranging from 7 months old to 12 years old. The man required medical treatment for his wounds.
Officers arrested, charged and detained two adults from this situation, 35-year-old Selena Lynn Esquega (pictured) and 38-year-old Arnold Labelle (need picture). They were both held in police custody at the TBPS Balmoral Street station pending their court appearance this morning.
Both accused appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via video link from the TBPS station on Balmoral Street. Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro along with the skillful criminal defence lawyer Emily Morris filling in as duty counsel today. Labelle is facing the following charges:
- Breaching bail conditions by contacting a previous alleged victim.
- Breaching a probation order made on March 4th (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
Labelle was released previously from custody and ordered not to contact a certain person. Selena is facing a single charge of Aggravated Assault (stabbing).
Labelle is not granted release from custody today and is ordered to remain in jail until at least Monday, December 16th, 2019 where he is scheduled to appear in court to have another swing at being released from custody. Court grants Selena release from custody today on a recognizance bail plan without a surety, pegged at $500 without deposit. Her conditions are:
- Reside in the 100 block of Picton Avenue.
- No contact with Arnold Labelle.
- Not to be within 50 meters of anywhere he might be.
- Not to possess or consume any alcohol or intoxicating substances.
- Not to possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.
Selena is released from police custody and is scheduled to return to court on December 31st, 2019 to begin answering to the charge laid on her.
None of the allegations have been proven in a court of law.