(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Hardworking Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to a break and enter in progress involving a firearm just before 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at a residence in the 100 block of Ravenwood Avenue.
Officers learned a victim heard noise from within their residence just before 1:15 a.m. The victim exited their bedroom and found the accused male in the basement.
The accused pointed a firearm at the victim and threatened them not to interfere with the robbery.
The accused pointed the firearm at the victim a second time before fleeing the residence and leaving the area on a bicycle.
Officers located footprints and bicycle tire tracks that matched the description of the shoes and bicycle of the accused male.
Further investigation led the officers to discover the identity of the accused male. While officers were en route to his last known address, they spotted a bicycle that matched the description of the one used by the accused in the zero-to-100 block of Cumberland Street North.
The bicycle, abandoned on the sidewalk, had tire treads that resembled the tracks officers were following earlier.
Further investigation led officers to locate and arrest the accused just before 4 a.m. in the 300 block of Cumberland Street North.
Tyson Stanley SPENCE, 34, of Thunder Bay is charged with:
• Breaking, Entering and Committing
• Pointing a Firearm
• Possession of Firearm/ Ammunition Contrary to Probation Order x 4
• Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
• Firearm Use While Committing Offence
• Probation Order Non-Compliance x 2
SPENCE appeared in bail court on Thursday, Dec. 5 and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.
Spence was just released from jail in September.
VIOLENT CAREER CRIMINAL TYSON STANLEY SPENCE ARRESTED AGAIN BY HARDWORKING THUNDER BAY POLICE OFFICERS FOR ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM.
SPENCE WAS JUST RELEASED FROM JAIL THREE WEEKS AGO AFTER SERVING A LENGTHY SENTENCE FOR A VICIOUS ATTACK ON A SENIOR CITIZEN.
ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE BY TBPS OFFICERS
A 33 year old TYSON STANLEY SPENCE was arrested by hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers yesterday. SPENCE is alleged to have committed another violent assault on a female causing her bodily harm. He was just released less than 3 weeks ago from jail after a long reformatory sentence for a violent assault on a senior citizen on John Street Road (See below)
SPENCE is being transferred to the overcrowded Thunder Bay Jail. He will make a video appearance from there on Tuesday.
Oct 23/17. UPDATE : TYSON SPENCE WILL BE RELEASED IN ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO THE STREETS OF THUNDER BAY TO CONTINUE HIS LIFE OF VIOLENT CRIME.
Tyson Stanley Spence was sentenced to six years today in jail for aggravated assault, break and enter, obstructing a peace officer and failing to comply with a probation order for a January 2015 home invasion on John Street Road.
With credit for time served at an enhanced credit of 1.5 days for every day served, Spence, the father of a five-year-old boy, is left with two years to serve of the sentence handed to him on Monday at the Thunder Bay Courthouse by Justice Danial Newton.
His victim still suffers in pain and requires more facial surgery.
Feb 23/17. A 30 year old Tyson Spence was scheduled for trial all last week. He changed his mind to plead guilty on 4 counts. The 5th count was withdrawn by the Crown. Judge Dan Newton is presiding over the hearing. Crown Attorney is Shari Frenette and Spence is represented by lawyer Christopher Avery from Toronto. There are 3 people here in the body of the court. The Native Court Worker, the Gladue Report Writer and myself. Spence has been in custody since the incident, he’s handcuffed and in the prisoner’s box. He is wearing dark clothing and has no expression or emotion being shown.
A very lengthy statement of admitted facts are read into the record on February 17,2017. The following is a highlight of some of those facts.
On January 3,2015 just before 1 p.m. a suspicious man was seen on the property of a John St Road residence. The 63-year-old victim who worked in a nearby Esso went to check on the situation.
He found Spence inside the home. Spence had a duffel bag stolen from the home containing items he was stealing. The victim asked Spence “What are you doing?”
Spence replied “I’m doing a B & E, what the fuck does it look like I’m doing”.
Spence then attacked the victim by striking him in the head over and over with his fists.
The victim’s ex-wife was across the street at the Esso and she became concerned with the length of time the victim was gone. She alerted 2 plainclothes police detectives who happened to be at the business. They drove across to the victim’s residence where they could hear what was described as “death blows” being struck. They looked over a fence and recognized Tyson Spence from previous criminal encounters who was striking the elderly victim repeatedly in the head and the victim was bleeding heavily.
The officers announced their presence to Spence and told him he was under arrest. Spence refused to surrender and grabbed the duffel bag of stolen items and tried to run. He was able to slip past one officer but the other caught him and Spence violently fought back. Officers were required to use force to detain Spence. They had difficulty getting him under control. Spence is fairly stocky and strong. Another friend of the victim had happened to come by while police were struggling with Spence. The officers directed him to tend to the victim. These plainclothes detectives did not have a police radio on their person and had to use a cell phone to call for support.
The victim suffered some very traumatic head injuries. Multiple fractures and surgeries. He had a surgery last month and still requires more surgeries. Horrific injuries. Throughout the entire reading of admitted facts, Spence shows no emotion. It’s the same stone cold look.
Judge Newton accepts the guilty pleas and admitted facts and registers the conviction. February 27,2017 will be to Set Date for sentencing. Spence’s lawyer requests the Gladue Report and Pre-Sentence Report.
The Crown Attorney is seeking a penitentiary term for Tyson Spence.
Court is declared closed and the Gladue Worker & Native Court Worker who are sitting directly behind Spence rise to speak to him. They seem to be consoling him.
Writer’s Note :
Not sure why any other media was not present. They were all quick to announce charges but couldn’t be bothered to follow up.
I’ve sat in a lot of court proceeding over the years but this one will stick in my mind on the brutality of this attack. Had those Thunder Bay Police Detectives not arrived when they did, we’d be hearing about someone who was deceased.