(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to the zero-to-100 block of Cumberland Street North just after 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 following reports of a group who may have been in possession of firearms.
Police arrived and almost immediately located four males who were likely connected to the original call for service.
Police spoke to one of the four males and confirmed that he was illegally in possession of a firearm, at which point he was arrested at the scene. A second male was also arrested for a firearms-related offence.
As the two men were being arrested, the other two suspects fled on foot in separate directions. Both were located in the area later that morning. A scene was held on Pearl Street between Cumberland and Water in relation to this incident.
Further investigation revealed that the group of males had been in a hallway at the Midtown Inn earlier that morning where they were observed brandishing what appeared to be two firearms. Both firearms observed have since been seized by police.
The following suspects appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters located at 1200 Balmoral Street. (this is a live and developing article, names will be added as the suspects appear in court.)
- 17-year-old youth, a male resident of Toronto.
- 20-year-old Adam David Gerikarsingh, a male resident of Toronto.
- 19-year-old Cameron Wendell Downs, a male resident of Thunder Bay (allegedly had a crack pipe on him).
- 30-year-old Brenan Littleford, a male resident of Thunder Bay.
The group appeared before His Worship, Justice of the Peace Ray Zuiliani. Crown Attorney Heather Brachen was also present along with criminal defence lawyer Patricia Vo, acting as duty counsel. Charges laid on the four are:
- Possess prohibited/restricted weapon with ammo capable of being fired without a license (a pistol).
- Possess prohibited/restricted weapon with ammo capable of being fired without a license (sawed-off shotgun).
- Face masked with intent to commit an indictable offence.
- Resist police by not complying with police direction.
- Did carry a pistol for a purpose dangerous to the public and to commit an indictable offence.
- Did carry a sawed-off shotgun for a purpose dangerous to the public and to commit and indictable offence.
- Carry a concealed pistol while not authorized.
- Carry a concealed sawed-off shotgun while not authorized.
- Using a pistol while committing a home invasion.
- Using a sawed-off shotgun while committing a home invasion.
- Use a gun in a careless manner.
Downs has previous matters from August 18th, 2019 that are still going through court. He has 4 charges from that date.
Littleford has previous charges outstanding before court and he is facing a breach of probation, breach of bail conditions and more.
Bail is not being granted today. All but Littleford will return to court on January 29th, 2020 and Littleford is scheduled to return on January 30th, 2020, for another swing at bail. They are being held in jail for now.
We will update this article as more information develops in court… Ongoing… Check back for more details…