UPDATE: Violent Shotgun Home Invasion Suspects

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(KENORA, ON) – EARLIER: On Saturday, November 16, 2019 at approximately 2:00 p.m, members of the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call regarding a break and enter in the north side of the City of Kenora.

Police attended and were advised that two suspects had forced entry into the residence and also had a firearm. The suspects stole electronics and left the residence. The descriptors of the suspects were provided to police.

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With the assistance of the Northwest Region Canine Unit, Kenora Crime Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Kenora Street Crime Unit and Youth and Crisis Unit, the two suspects were located and arrested at approximately 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

UPDATE: Allegations are that the two suspects were wielding a shotgun during the violent home invasion. Investigation has resulted in the arrest of cousins Aaron Steven Lee Paypompee and Kirby Paypompee. Police are continuing their investigation and there are indications that the cousins may be responsible for the shootings that ripped through Kenora yesterday.

Both suspects appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call from the Kenora detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding along with Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and a duty counsel representative.

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Both suspects were charged with Armed Robbery (shotgun). Aaron had additional charges of:

  • Carrying a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace.
  • Breaching bail conditions not to possess any weapons.
  • Breaching bail conditions not to be outside of his home while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.

Aaron is no stranger to the criminal justice system and is currently going through courts for the following charges:

  • (1) Any person who fears on reasonable grounds that another person will commit a serious personal injury offence, as that expression is defined in section 752, may, with the consent of the Attorney General, lay an information before a provincial court judge, whether or not the person or persons in respect of whom it is feared that the offence will be committed are named.
  • Failure to comply with bail condition

The Crown stands firm that this was a violent, shotgun involved home invasion and that there is no consent for release today. Further, the Crown requests an order banning communication with the co-accused while in police custody.

Aaron rejected duty counsel’s help and indicates he has a lawyer. Duty counsel double checks if he wants assistance and he once again, rejects duty counsel.

Both suspects are ordered to remain in jail and have been scheduled to appear in a Kenora court room on Monday for another swing at getting released.

HISTORY ON AARON PAYPOMPEE

On July 28, 2015 at approximately 9:30pm, officers with the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to investigate an assault in progress at an apartment building on First Street South in Kenora.

After the arrival of emergency personnel the victim in the incident, a 56-year-old male from Kenora, was transported by Emergency Medical Services with life-threatening injuries.  A second victim, a 54-year-old male from Kenora, was uninjured in the incident.

On July 28, 2015, 25-year-old Ethan COPENACE of Kenora was charged with Assault contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code.  He appeared in Kenora Ontario court July 29, 2015 and was held in custody. However, on August 4, 2015 he was released from custody and has no outstanding charges related to this investigation.

On July 31, 2015 as a result of further investigation, 25-year-old Aaron Steven Lee PAYPOMPEE of Kenora was arrested and charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code:

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  • Aggravated Assault
  • Robbery x 2
  • Break and Enter and Commit Assault

The accused appeared in Kenora Court August 4, 2015 and was remanded to the Kenora Jail. He is to appear by video in Kenora Court on August 7, 2015.

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The North West Region Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Unit are conducting the investigation under the direction of Detective Inspector Randy HEIDA of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

The investigation is continuing.


On October 20th, 2014, officers with the Kenora detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police say they arrested then 25-year-old Aaron Paypompee and 24-year-old Rae Anne Wesley with hydromorphone (opiate), cash and drug trafficking paraphenalia the week before.

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Both were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and were held in custody pending a bail hearing.


HISTORY ON ETHAN COPENACE

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime and Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) have charged eight individuals with drug related charges following an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the City of Kenora.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at approximately 9:00 am, police executed the arrests in the area of Norman Drive. As a result of the investigation, police located approximately 12 grams of Methamphetamine, Hydromorphone and other items associated with the drug trafficking trade. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be approximately $4,500.

As a result of this investigation, the following have been charged:

Kaitlynn BURKE, age 27 from Kenora

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Other Drugs under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) X 2
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 Criminal Code of Canada

Veronica COPENACE, age 25 from Kenora

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Other Drugs under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) X 2

Harley MCLEOD, age 30 from Kenora

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Other Drugs under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) X 2
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
  • Trafficking in Schedule 1 Substance- Methamphetamines (Crystal Meth) (CDSA)

Stephen WILLIS, age 38 from Kenora

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Other Drugs under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) X 2

Ethan COPENACE, age 29 from Kenora

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  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

  Anita NECANAPENACE, age 33 from Kenora

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

Kalvin PIERCE, age 24 from Kenora

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

Caitlynn SKEAD, age 26 from Kenora

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

MCLEOD is to appear in bail court on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The other accused are to appear in Kenora Court on June 27, 2019 to answer to the charges.


Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime and Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) have charged two individuals with drug related charges following an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the City of Kenora.

Upon further investigation, police located approximately 7 grams of Methamphetamine, Hydromorphone and other items associated with the drug trafficking trade. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be approximately $3,000.

As a result of this investigation, police arrested:

Doug NETZEL (pictured left), age 59 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for the following offences:

  •  Trafficking Schedule 1 Substance- Opioid
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Opioid
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking- Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Proceeds of property obtained by Crime under $5,000 Criminal Code of Canada
  • Obstruct Peace Officer under the Criminal Code of Canada

Ethan COPENACE (pictured right), age 29 has been charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Opioid under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Fail to Comply with an Undertaking, Criminal Code of Canada
  • Obstruct Peace Officer, Criminal Code of Canada

 The accused are to appear in Kenora Court on Thursday, June 13, 2019 to answer to the charges.

With files from the Ontario Provincial Police

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3 Replies to “UPDATE: Violent Shotgun Home Invasion Suspects”

  1. we really need the death penalty back in Canada, these monsters need to be off the planet for killing others off with their shite. Lethal dose of poison to all accused is what will solve this problem!!

  2. The funniest part about this is that they are cousins and they are dating each other LMAO!
    Good ol Kenora where cousins share needles and each other and if they get married…no need for a name change!

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