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Man arrested in relation to Jan. 17 armed robbery faces 51 charges

30-year-old charged in relation to other occurrences across Algoma, including in Thessalon and Sault Ste. Marie
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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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THESSALON - On Jan. 24, 2022, members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) were on patrol duties in the Town of Thessalon.  

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., officers observed a person on Water Street who was known to them and wanted by the OPP. Officers approached the individual who gave a false name and then fled on foot. Police arrested the person a short afterwards. A set of brass knuckles and a small amount of suspected oxycodone, crystal meth and fentanyl were located in their possession.

As a result, Daniel Parker, 30 years of age from Aweres Township, was charged with:
    •    unauthorized possession of weapon, contrary to section 91(2) of the Criminal Code (CC)
    •    resist peace officer, contrary to section 129(a) of the CC
    •    failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court, contrary to section 145(5) of the CC (two counts)
    •    possession of schedule I substance - opioid (other than heroin) contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) (two counts)
    •    possession of a schedule I substance - methamphetamine, contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA

The East Algoma OPP Crime Unit, Sault Ste. Marie OPP Crime Unit, the OPP North East Crime Prevention Regional Operation Analyst and the OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) assisted with the investigations which resulted in an additional 44 charges. They are as follows:

On Jan. 17, 2022, there was an armed robbery in Elliot Lake and the accused was charged with:
    •    robbery using a firearm, contrary to section 344(1)(a.1) of the CC
    •    break, enter a place - commit indictable offence, contrary to section 348(1) of the CC
    •    unauthorized possession of firearm, contrary to section 91(1) of the CC
    •    knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm for dangerous purpose, contrary to section 92(1) of the CC
    •    possession of weapon dangerous purpose, contrary to section 88 of the CC
    •    extortion while using a firearm, contrary to section 346(1.1)(a) of the CC
    •    disguise with intent, contrary to section 351(2) of the CC
    •    mischief under $5,000, contrary to section 430(4) of the CC
    •    pointing a firearm, contrary to section 87 of the CC
    •    possession firearm or ammunition contrary to probation order, contrary to section 117.01(1) of the CC
    •    operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code, contrary to section 320.18(a) of the CC (five counts)
    •    possession property obtained by crime, contrary to section 355(a) of the CC
    •    failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court, contrary to section 145(5) of the CC (three counts)
    •    failure to comply with release order, contrary to section 733.1 of the CC

On Jan. 19, 2022, a vehicle was reported stolen from Old Goulais Bay Road in Sault Ste. Marie. On this same date the East Algoma OPP responded to a broken down vehicle on Highway 108, south of Elliot Lake. The accused was charged with:
    •    possession property obtained by crime over $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC
    •    possession property obtained by crime under $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC
    •    obstruct peace officer, contrary to section 129(a) of the CC
    •    failure to comply with release order, contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the CC (two counts)
    •    fail to comply probation order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC

On Jan. 17 and 19, 2022, two bench warrants were issued for failing to attend court and in breach of release conditions. The accused was charged with:   
    •    failure to attend court while on a release order, contrary to section 145(2)(a) of the CC
    •    failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court, contrary to section 145(5(a) of the CC

On Dec. 9, 2021, the Sault Ste. Marie OPP investigated a suspicious vehicle in the area of the Aweres Mini Mall, Aweres Township. The vehicle fled once police arrived and was located a short time later. Investigation revealed the vehicle had stolen licence plates attached and contained stolen property inside. The accused was also charged with:
    •    flight from peace officer, contrary to section 320.17 of the CC
    •    break, enter a place - commit indictable offence, contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the CC
    •    possession of break-in instruments, contrary to section 351(1)(a) of the CC
    •    possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC (four counts)
    •    operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code, contrary to section 320(1)(a) of the CC (five counts)
    •    fail to comply with probation order, contrary to section 733.1(1) of the CC
    •    driving while under suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
    •    operate motor vehicle without insurance, contrary to section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

On Dec. 12, 2021, a break and enter occurred in Laird Township. The property was recovered at the residence of the accused. The accused was also charged with:
    •    possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, contrary to section 354(1) of the CC.

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail in Blind River on Jan. 24, 2022 and was remanded into custody.

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