(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Picton ave / 288 Windsor area is well known for violence, drug use, excessive drinking and overdoses. On Friday, December 14th at 7:14 pm, Thunder Bay Police Service were dispatched to the 100 block of Picton ave for a weapons call when an alcohol-fueled argument about drugs is alleged to have broken out.
Police were told in the 911 call that a bat was allegedly being swung around at a group of people by a 50-year-old Richard Shakapai. During the altercation, Shakapai was also violently screaming. The alleged bat swinger was nowhere to be found immediately upon police arrival at the location. It is at this point that police started speaking to a waiting crowd of neighbours.
Shakapai was located shortly after and arrested by police due to the fact he had an existing warrant for his arrest (more on that later). Upon attempting to arrest him, he was extremely confrontational and found to be intoxicated.
Police determined that a group of people were in the Picton Ave home when Shakapai and another male started arguing over drugs. Shakapai then left the home only to return still drunk and angry shortly after with a 4-foot metal pipe. That is when he started swinging the pipe at numerous people, including men and women while screaming in anger. It took three people focusing their efforts to remove him from the home. That is when the 911 call was made.
On September 16th, 2018 the Thunder Bay Police Service received an email that indicated there was a male at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario attempting to use a stolen credit card. This was Shakapai’s second attempt to use that same credit card. On September 18th, 2018 around 11:30 am, police arrived at the LCBO and started to investigate the matter by speaking to the employees.
The male attempted to use a stolen credit card multiple times, and upon an identification request being made, a Canadian Firearms License was provided that showed a photo and the name Richard Sugarhead. Police did a search on their computers and determined that Richard Sugarhead changed his name to Richard Shakapai in 2003.
Two police officers attended Shakapai’s last known residence which was in the 100-block of Picton ave. Upon their arrival, they noticed a male was in the window and closed the curtain while uttering something but was unable to make out what he said.
Police determined that the card was also used at other businesses, but video surveillance was unable to be obtained from those locations. The card was stolen from a neighbourhood near to Picton Ave. A warrant was put out for the arrest of Richard Shakapai.
Richard Shakapai appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning. He was in police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station located on Balmoral Street and was beamed into the courtroom by video. Her Worship, Denette Maslach was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Morris.
Shakapai is facing the following criminal charges stemming from the allegations above:
- Assault with a weapon (4-foot metal pipe) x3
- Fraud under $5000 (LCBO)
- Possession of a stolen credit card
The Crown tells the courts that Shakapai is in a “crown-onus situation”, and that release is recommended with a $500 no deposit recognizance. The conditions being demanded by the Crown are the following:
- No contact with 4 people
- Not to possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code
- Not to possess any ID or cards with a data chip, unless they can be proven to be his own
- Not to buy/possess/consume any alcohol or drugs
Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro tells the court that these release conditions are inextricably intertwined with the consent release of Shakapai.
Duty counsel goes to speak with Shakapai in private, and upon return, she tells the court that he is able to comply with the conditions of his proposed bail plan. Shakapai informs the court that the address on Picton is his home and that his name is on the place “legally”. The Crown tells the court that if he is returned to that address and those people live there or are there, he will be in a breach scenario immediately. Duty counsel goes back into the private room to speak with the accused.
Upon returning to the courtroom, Duty counsel tells the court that Shakapai has an address in the 200 block of Blucher Ave that he can go live at. The Crown is satisfied and Shakapai is ordered released.
Shakapai is escorted back to his jail cell to wait for the court to complete his release papers before he is allowed back into society.
This article contains allegations that have not yet been proven in a court of law.
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