(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Shortly after the City of Thunder Bay declines to take more forest fire evacuees from Pikangikum First Nation due to strain on emergency services, the Thunder Bay Police Service have arrested another evacuee and charged him with assault.
Allegations are that 34-year-old Erickson Turtle was at the Airlane Hotel, intoxicated and got into a heated argument with a woman. Court hears that Turtle was yelling at the woman and then punched her in the face with a closed fist. The woman had a visible injury to her left cheek.
Erickson appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning via video from police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service Station (Hotel Balmoral) by video. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Mason. Duty counsel had a lawyer present to assist Turtle with his attempt to be released.
The Crown states that Turtle is in a “Crown Onus”situation, which means that the court must show cause as to why Turtle should be detained. Court hears that the Crown has concerns releasing Turtle on the secondary grounds. Secondary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes there is a substantial risk that Turtle may either re-offend or become a public safety concern.
Turtle has an extensive criminal record for violence, which includes at least 7 convictions for assault, 3 convictions for assault with a weapon, 2 aggravated assault charges and 4 impaired driving convictions.
That being said, the Crown is willing to release Turtle on consent on his own recognizance attached to a $400 non-deposit stipulation. The Crown asks that Turtle be released if he has a new address to reside at.
Duty counsel informs the court that Turtle stated the Red Cross arranged his stay at the Airlane Hotel and that they would be willing to get him a new place to stay that isn’t at the Airlane.
The Crown tells the court that Turtle’s parents are present in the body of the court and that his sister is currently staying at the Victoria Inn. This likely means he has options outside of the Airlane. Suggested conditions for Turtle to be released on are:
- Notify the Thunder Bay Police Service of his new address within 24 hours of being released.
- Notify the Thunder Bay police Service of any change to his address within 24 hours.
- No contact with his alleged victim.
- Not to attend the Airlane Hotel except once in the presence of uniformed police officers to grab his belongings.
- Not to possess any weapons as defined in the criminal code.
- Not to buy, possess or be under the influence of alcohol or any substances banned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act unless medically prescribed by a doctor.
Duty counsel agrees to the conditions on behalf of Turtle and he is granted release. His next court date is scheduled for July 19th in Thunder Bay.
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