Seven People Face Charges Following Kenora Jail Hostage Taking

Ontario Provincial Police

KENORA – On Friday, September 14, 2018, at approximately 1:19 p.m., members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) at a jail in Kenora with a hostage situation.

As a result of the investigation by the Kenora OPP Crime Unit, seven men have been arrested.

  • Patrick KANATE, 27-years-old, of North Caribou Lake First Nation, Ontario
  • Waylon MORTON, 35-years-old of Dryden, Ontario
  • Ryan NICKEL, 31-years-old, of Dryden, Ontario
  • Travis POLKINGHORNE, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon, Ontario
  • Joshua PITCHENESE, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon Lake FN, Ontario
  • Garnet SUMNER, 30-years-old, of Peguis FN, Manitoba
  • Drayson WASWA, 19-years-old, of Sioux Lookout, Ontario

They are charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Hostage Taking, section 279.1(2)(b);
  • Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon, section 270.01(1)(a) (12 counts);
  • Disarming a Peace Officer section 270.1(1);
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon section 91(2);
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose section 88;
  • Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime section 96(a); and with
  • Uttering Threats-Cause Death or Bodily Harm section 264.1(1)(a).

All accused have been scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora at a later date.

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