(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“ Appearing in courtroom 104 this morning by video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station is 24-year-old Justin Cody Chase Esquega. Justice of the peace Zelda Kitchekeesik is presiding, crown attorney Misbah-ul Haque, and Arturo Acosta as duty counsel.


Esquega is in a white muscle shirt, and is very quiet, responding with mostly one word answers very quietly. Heโ€™s a smaller person, I would guess around 5-foot-5 120lbs.

Charges are:

  • Point firearm
  • Possess firearm while prohibited x3
  • Fail to comply with probation order, keep the peace and be of good behaviour

Esquega has existing outstanding charges stemming from an April 20th incident which has him returning to court for:

  • Assault
  • Fail to comply with probabtion, keep the peace and be of good behaviour

The crown is refusing consent for Esquegas release, stating he has concerns on the secondary and tertiary grounds. Secondary grounds are surrounding the likelihood of the accused to reoffend, and/or become a public safety issue. Tertiary grounds surrounds the publicโ€™s confidence in the administration of justice.


Furthermore, the crown attorney stresses that this is a serious case, with very serious allegations. The accused was under several weapons prohibitions, and still allegedly handled a weapon.

Defence lawyer asks for a remand to tomorrow, to have time to complete a bail plan.

Esquega is remanded into custody and ordered not to contact or communicate with 3 people, directly or indirectly.

The gun was initially believed to be a real handgun. A witness on the scene said that even the police officer believed it to be real, until handling the gun and inspecting it, at that point the gun was identified as a replica.

If anyone has any pictures of the accused, please email them to

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