Crimebeat – “I was grounded and pounded” – Assault victim


NNLCRIMEbeatTHUNDER BAY – Crimebeat – A teen was assaulted on Wednesday night at the 288 Windsor complex. The young man who was beat up said, Thursday night, “I was grounded and pounded by two people, over a cigarette”. The high school student was left with cuts and bruises to his face and ribs. The youth’s mother is looking to move out of the area and find somewhere safer to live.

The incident was just one of the issues facing residents in the area. Another woman was threatened by a youth who wanted money and cigarettes. The victim in this case alleges that the young offender, an individual well known to police, told her he would break into her home if she did not give him money and cigarettes.

Just after 5:00PM on Wednesday, all Emergency Services were called to a single motor vehicle accident that had just occurred on North James Street by Ryerson Crescent. It is alleged that two vehicle were racing northbound on James Street at a high rate of speed. The driver of a blue Volkswagen lost control of the vehicle as it entered the corner and collided with a tree on the boulevard. There was significant damage to the driver side of the vehicle.

The 17 year old male passenger was treated by paramedics at the scene and released. The 20 year old male driver was unconscious when the call came in and was assisted by paramedics then transported by ambulance to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The male has since been discharged from the hospital.

Thunder Bay Police Traffic Unit conducted an investigation into the collision and have charged the driver with six offences under the Highway Traffic Act. The charges are:
– Race Motor Vehicle
– Careless Driving
– Drive While Suspended
– Operate Motor Vehicle Without Insurance
– Fail to Notify Change of Address
– Use Plate Not Authorized

As the long weekend started, overnight on Thursday, and into Friday morning, Thunder Bay Police responded to 148 calls for service. There were a number of drug and liquor offenses, as well as weapons offenses. There was also a robbery reported in the 700 Block of Memorial Avenue.

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