(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Last night, the Thunder Bay Police Service announced that it had a 22-year-old male is in custody regarding the Chapples Park murder death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob. Shortly after 5:00 pm on Friday, December 14th, 2018, the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Police Service assisted the Thunder Bay Police Service in making the arrest, and transporting the suspect to Thunder Bay where he was held and has now appeared in WASH court. (Weekend and Statutory Holiday).
Multiple sources have indicated to TRCCTB.COM that Braiden Jacob was found brutally beaten when police located his body. The Thunder Bay Police Service would later confirm these findings by admitted the body was found with signs of trauma. There has been some information which is leading to gang involvement in the death of Braiden Jacob.
Appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court before Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach, is a 22-year-old male named Jonthan Joseph Yellowhead from Fort Hope (all photos). Yellowhead is appearing in court via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station while in police custody. Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro is also working WASH court this weekend, along with duty counsel lawyer Morris.
Yellowhead is facing a second-degree murder charge. The Justice of the Peace has no power to rule over this case, as it is strictly a Superior Court matter. He is also facing a breach of probation charge.
Lawyershop.ca described Second-degree murder as “if you do not plan and you do not deliberate about it but you still intend to kill someone, that is second-degree murder. The sentencing ranges from life in jail with no parole for 10 years to 25 years. If there are mitigating factors the jury can recommend the minimum.”
Yellowhead was denied bail today and has a future court date of Tuesday, December 18th, 2018.
Family members of Braiden Jacob were in court today, and identified the suspect as Braiden Jacob’s alleged murder suspect.
Yellowhead is escorted back to his jail cell at the Thunder Bay Police Service station, where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail to wait for his next court date to answer to the charges.
Jacob’s body was found on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 shortly after 11:30 am when a passerby saw what they believed was a human corpse. Police responded to the scene and immediately taped off the area and blocked off vehicle access to Chapples Park. We reported the same day that we had received information that it may have been a homicide and we confirmed that information on Tuesday of this week when we reported that Jacob’s body was found badly beaten.
Chapples Park has been the last known location of numerous missing people as well as the spot where multiple homicides are believed to have taken place. The Bear Clan was on patrol not long ago when they reported that a group of aggressive males blocked them in the park and started yelling racial slurs and threatening words.
The video of Bear Clan’s encounter will be released to the public soon, as a journalist was with them and will be putting the content in the related article that comes out. We have not been able to confirm if that video was given to the police to assist in the Braiden Jacob investigation.
We will be updating this article shortly with more information, stay tuned.