Red River Road Robbery: Shoppers Drug Mart

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A 39-year-old Johnathan McKay is in custody facing a number of charges following a foot chase and apprehension by Uniform Patrol officers yesterday morning.

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The man had fled the Shoppers Drug Mart at 901 Red River Road just after 11:00 am following an altercation with a store employee. The man had been confronted when he was attempting to leave the store without paying for merchandise.

The male claimed to have a weapon and then ran from the store. The employee was not injured in the confrontation.

An officer responding to the 911 call regarding the incident spotted a person matching the description of the suspect in the vicinity of Walkover Street and Junot Avenue.

The suspect ran into a backyard of a residence on Junot Avenue. The officer pursued on foot and was able to take the man into custody with the assistance of another patrol officer.

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The 39-year-old McKay is in custody and has made his first bail court appearance via video  from the Thunder Bay Police Service station this morning. He is facing charges of:

  • Robbery
  • Resisting a Peace Officer (fleeing and resisting)
  • Wearing a Disguise with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offense

Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Amtsey was presiding along with Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore and  duty counsel representative.

The Crown is opposed to McKay being released, and cites the secondary grounds as their concern. They intend to show cause as to why McKay should be detained.

Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes the accused is likely to either re-offend, become a public safety concern, interfere with the administration of justice, or any combination of the three.

Duty counsel requests that McKay be held in jail on consent until Monday, so that McKay has time to apply for legal aid and get a bail plan in place.

McKay is ordered to remain in jail until at least Monday, he is sent back to his jail cell at Hotel Balmoral, where he will wait to be transferred to the Thunder Bay District Jail.

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With files from TBPS

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