(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Police have made an arrest following an investigation which involved a stolen vehicle and a suspect who is already going through court for firearms offences.
Allegations are that officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service located 37-year-old Billy Joe Holmquist out past his court-ordered curfew which was placed on him as a term of his previous bail plan. Holmquist is also alleged to have stolen a motor vehicle. The arrest took place in the early morning hours of November 25th, 2019.
Holmquist appeared in court this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service station located at 1200 Balmoral. Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding along with Crown Attorney Emily and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy.
The accused is facing the following new charges:
- Theft of a motor vehicle.
- Breaching bail condition (curfew 10:00 pm to 7:00 am).
- Resisting police.
Holmquist is already going through court for the following charges:
- Possession of stolen property x3
- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm x2.
- Unauthorized possession of prohibited weapon or restricted weapon x2.
- Resist/obstruct police x2.
The Crown denies the release of Holmquist today. He is currently scheduled to appear in court in January for a sentencing hearing regarding some or all of his outstanding charges. He is further scheduled to return to court before that to begin answering to the new set of charges he is now facing.
Holmquist will be transported to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail, where he will likely remain for quite some time.
HISTORY ON BILLY
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Two people from Thunder Bay have been convicted under provincial animal welfare legislation following an investigation relating to the treatment of a dog in their care.
Billy-Joe Holmquist, 36, and Jennifer Holmquist, 32, pled guilty in a Thunder Bay Provincial Offences Court on September 21, 2018 to one count each of permitting distress.
The Justice of the Peace sentenced them both to 12 months probation and fined them $200 each.
On February 20, 2018, an Ontario SPCA officer with the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society followed up on a concern that was reported about a stray dog in poor body condition that was being cared for at the Thunder Bay Animal Services Centre.
A veterinary examination confirmed the dog was emaciated, dehydrated and severely malnourished.
Thanks to tips from the public, the Holmquists were identified as the owners of the dog and were subsequently charged under provincial animal welfare legislation.
The dog was surrendered into the care of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society and was treated for his condition and re-homed.
“We try to educate wherever possible. However, provincial animal welfare legislation will be enforced to ensure accountability for those who fail to provide appropriate care of an animal,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself unable to provide proper care for your animals, contact your local humane society or animal centre to seek help.”
To report suspected animal cruelty, call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722), or your local police.