(THUNDER BAY, ON) – FORT HOPE MAN FOUND GUILTY OF STABBING WOMAN TO STEAL PURSE AT TIM HORTON’S
WABANO TRIED TO BLAME HIS FRIEND FOR THIS CRIMINAL ACT
Appearing in Courtroom 302 before Her Honour Tracey Nieckarz is 24 year old MYLES EVAN BRIAN WABANO to hear judgement of his criminal accusations. Crown Attorney Rob Kozak is present along with defence lawyer Brennan Sacevich.
On the evening of March 13,2018, MYLES WABANO was out drinking Wisers whiskey with underage friends on the 2nd floor of the Landmark Inn. They finished the bottle. WABANO left briefly and returned with a bottle of Silent Sam vodka. They began drinking that. One member of the group got so intoxicated that an ambulance was called.
WABANO and his friend John Moonias went to McDonalds on Red River Road where WABANO showed Moonias a knife and talked about robbing a convenience store.
Moonias went home where he got into an argument with his father. He was so drunk that he left the home and walked into a random home that surprised the homeowners.
WABANO was walking by the Tim Horton’s on Memorial by the Super 8 motel when he spotted 2 women sitting in a car drinking coffee. He approached the car, opened the door and stabbed the female passenger in the arm and stole her purse and computer tablet. He began to run away. Both women exited the vehicle and chased WABANO.
The female driver tackled WABANO and was attempting to hold him down face first. The stabbing victim retrieved her purse. WABANO was able to get up and take a swing at female driver with his Silent Sam liquor bottle and hit her with it. The bottle was left at the scene. Police did a DNA test on the bottle and confirmed WABANO’S DNA was on it. He left the scene with the computer tablet and went to Super 8 motel where he was spotted on surveillance video walking in with the tablet.
WABANO was on a Facebook messenger group chat the next day bragging to his friends about the stabbing/robbery.
Defence attorney Sacevich had tried to argue that WABANO’S identity could not be confirmed and suggested that it was someone else who committed this violent robbery because police had initially arrested someone else for this crime but quickly realized the mistake. WABANO states that he only bragged on Facebook messenger about the crime but he didn’t do it. But Justice Nieckarz found that there were details in the group chat that only the perpetrator would know.
WABANO is found GUILTY of robbery and assault with a weapon. His next court date is February 24,2020 where a presentence report along with a Gladue report will most likely be ordered.
WABANO remains free to walk the streets until he is sentenced.
Big thanks to our news tipster at court today for this story.