(THUNDER BAY, ON) – It was a pretty calm and decent evening in the Canadian Tire parking lot on Thursday evening when trouble rolled in. A woman was minding her own business, with her kids in the car, going about their day when a man had come up and started pounding his arms on the vehicle.
A male was getting warmed up and ready to put some sausage in his mouth at the sausage shack, watching this event unfold. The woman and kids drove off and away from the scene, returning herself and the kids into safety and away from the danger.
That is when the suspect started to approach the man at the sausage shack in an aggressive manner. As he got close to the sausage devouring man, he uttered “F**k you, whitey” and became verbally violent with the innocent bystander and the workers of the Sausage Shack. It’s at this point that the aggressive male grabs the front of whitey’s shirt and starts to line up a punch.
The suspect was then rapidly and effectively slammed up against a nearby van, then pinned down on the ground until the Thunder Bay Police Service arrived. The suspect was arrested, assessed by Superior North EMS, and shipped off to Hotel Balmoral, where he spent the night, free of charge.
The aggressor seemed to pick on the “wrong guy”, as the sausage connoisseur is a “Tarzan looking tough guy with cat-like reflexes”. Note: “Whitey” is part Indigenous himself.
Appearing in bail court this morning via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station is 32-year-old Donovan Atatise from Lac La Croix First Nation. Donovan is appearing before visiting Justice of the Peace Sandra Anstey, Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore, and a duty counsel lawyer.
Atatise has been charged after the incident at 939 Fort William Road (Canadian Tire) with the following charges:
- Breaching bail conditions (no alcohol consumption)
- Causing a disturbance in a public place
But wait, there’s more! Atatise’s existing charges that are still working their way through the Justice System are:
- Assault causing bodily harm
The Crown states that Atatise is in a “reverse onus situation”, and that he intends to put Atatise to that onus, he is not consenting to his release today. A “reverse onus situation” is usually arisen from an accused having already been released on bail, and then is alleged to have committed more crimes which have brought new charges before the court. On people’s first appearance for charges, the onus is usually on the Crown, unless they are charged with a limited number of very serious charges.
Duty counsel is representing Atatise in this matter, for today, and requests the matter comes back to court on Monday. The court is informed that Atatise needs time to contact his lawyer of choice, David Young. Atatise consents to this move by duty counsel and is sent back to his jail cell after the Justice of the Peace orders him to be detained until at least Monday.
Atatise will be spending at least the weekend at the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail.
The area around 939 Fort William Road is plagued by aggressive people who have been consuming alcohol. The shopping centre would be a much safer and busier place if this issue were to be solved. There was some talk of a “safe space” for people to go and drink their alcohol in peace, but it hasn’t come to fruition as of yet.
This story contains allegations that have not yet been proven in a court of law.
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