CONVICTED POLICE DOG KILLER AND ARMED ROBBER PAUL JOSEPH VUKMANICH REMANDED INTO CUSTODY.
PUBLIC NOT WARNED ABOUT THIS PAROLE VIOLATING VIOLENT CRIMINAL COMING BACK TO THUNDER BAY BY LOCAL MEDIA.
Appearing via video from Balmoral Police Station this morning Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Courtroom 104 is 31-year-old PAUL JOSEPH VUKMANICH.
VUKMANICH was arrested by Thunder Bay Police last evening for allegedly assaulting a 40-year-old woman at a residence of the 600 block of Catherine Street threatening her with a knife.
Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon is presiding. Crown Attorney Mackett is not consenting to his release. VUCKMANICH is remanded into custody and is transported to the Thunder Bay Jail.
NO OTHER LOCAL MEDIA IS PRESENT.
PREVIOUS CRIMINAL ACTS BY VUKMANICH
Paul Joseph Vukmanich, stabbed police dog Quanto several times while fleeing Edmonton police officers in October 2013. The killing of the five-year-old German shepherd became the impetus for the Justice for Animals in Service Act, federal legislation which came into law on June 23, 2015.
Edmonton Deputy police chief Danielle Campbell later said Quanto “most definitely” saved the lives of officers at the scene.
The police dog’s death led to an outpouring of grief and support from around the country, including a push for a law that would give special protection to working animals like police dogs. The law, sometimes called Quanto’s Law, came into effect in June. It includes a mandatory minimum sentence of six months for those convicted of killing a service animal, including police animals, animals used by the Canadian Forces, and service animals for people with disabilities.
Vukmanich’s lengthy criminal history includes convictions for extortion, threatening, armed robbery and aggravated assault, as well as driving and property offences. On one occasion, he stabbed a man three times in the chest. On another, he robbed a cab driver while armed with a hatchet, while a woman held a knife against the driver’s throat.
The parole board documents paint a grim picture of a man who grew up surrounded by extensive violence, used drugs from an early age, and has expressed little remorse for his various offences. The document says Vukmanich has a “significant propensity toward violence” when under the influence of alcohol, but also tends to make poor decisions and act impulsively when sober.
VUKMANICH IS BANNED FROM OWNING A PET FOR 25 YEARS.
VUKMANICH IS NOW IN THUNDER BAY.
NO OTHER LOCAL MEDIA HAS BOTHERED TO REPORT OR WARN THE PUBLIC.
With files from JANA G. PRUDEN, EDMONTON JOURNAL