(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Once again, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service have arrested 44-year-old Armand Cummings. He was a suspect in the death of someone not long ago. He is currently on probation and had a warrant for his arrest issued yesterday.
Allegations are that he breached his probation order by not reporting to probation between November 7th, 2019 and December 12th, 2019. The warrant for his arrest was issued on December 19th, 2019. Cummings was arrested and transported to the Thunder Bay Police Service station where he was held in police custody pending a court appearance.
Justice of the Peace Denette Ellard was presiding over court this morning along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em UP” VanKessel and Michael “The PITBULL” Hargadon’s law student T. Bud.
Cummings is facing a new charge of breaching his probation along with his outstanding charges listed below which are still working their way through the criminal justice system.
- Theft under $5000 x2.
- Breaching probation x2.
Cummings was not released from custody today and is headed to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail, where he will likely remain for the time being. He is scheduled to appear back in court on Monday, December 23rd, 2019 for another swing at being released.
HISTORY article via thunder bay courthouse – inside edition dated October 12th, 2018:
JUSTICE FRANK VALENTE RULES THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE FOR ARMAND CUMMINGS TO GO TO TRIAL FOR MANSLAUGHTER
Appearing in Courtroom 303 this afternoon is 43-year old ARMAND GEORGE CUMMINGS in relation to the manslaughter death of Mannie “Josh” Spence.
His Honour Frank Valente is presiding, Crown Attorney Trevor Jukes is present along with defence attorney George Joseph.
CUMMINGS is led handcuffed into the courtroom by the much larger TBPS Special Constables Jason & Ryan.
Cummings stands approximately 5’6″ tall and is slim build with hair tied back in a ponytail and an unkempt beard. He’s wearing a black jacket with a hood and grey Adidas t-shirt underneath and black jeans. He is yawning a lot.
It’s alleged that an extremely intoxicated Mannie Spence was struck with blows by Armand Cummings in a Shasta trailer strewn with garbage and cigarette butts at 77 Court Street South on Sept 15, 2016.
An extreme intensive and thorough investigation was done by Thunder Bay Police Services and as a result, ARMAND GEORGE CUMMING was arrested at 321 Ambrose Street and charged at 2:20 am on September 17, 2016 in the manslaughter death of Mannie Spence.
CUMMIMGS has a history of violence and violating his bail conditions. He was arrested last week on an alleged aggravated assault and earlier this year on shoplifting charges. He also has a failure to appear in court.
Justice Valente ruled that the case while circumstantial still had enough evidence for a potential conviction.
CUMMINGS IS LED OUT OF THE COURTROOM SMILING AS HE HEADS BACK TO THE THUNDER BAY JAIL.
HISTORY article dated October 6th, 2018:
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A 43-year-old Armand Cummings was arrested for an alleged brutal assault that took place in Thunder Bay on October 5th, 2018.
His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron is presiding, along with Gordon Fillmore as the Crown Attorney, and Lianne Roberge & Arturo Acosta as duty counsel lawyers.
Cummings appeared by video in bail court from the Thunder Bay Police Service station. He was sporting a grey “Addidas” shirt and was stretching and yawning for most of the proceeding.
Cummings is facing the following charge:
- Aggravated Assault
He was released on recognizance, due to allegations of manslaughter. Justice Valente is expected to make a decision on that case this October 9th.
The Crown is opposed to his release, as this is a reverse onus situation, and intends to put Cummings to his onus.
Furthermore, the Crown requests that Cummings be ordered not to contact the complainant in the alleged aggravated assault while in custody.
Duty counsel requests the matter be remanded until his October 9th date, to be spoken to during his manslaughter decision.
Justice of the Peace Caron orders Cummings not to contact or communicate with his alleged victim while in custody and remands him into custody until his October 9th appearance.
Cummings was sent back to his cell, where he will await prisoner transport to the Thunder Bay District Jail. He is scheduled to remain there until at least October 9th.
Police issued the following media release on Monday morning.
Patrol officers responded to an assault in progress on West Arthur Street just before 8:00 p.m. on October 5, 2018.
When officers arrived they located the 23-year-old male victim and three individuals in the area. The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance for medical treatment. Information obtained from witnesses resulted in a 43-year-old Thunder Bay male being taken into custody.
Armand George Cummings has been charged with Aggravated Assault. He appeared in court this weekend and was remanded into custody.