Update – Pearl Street Incident Weapons Charges

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Suspects Named and Charges Released

THUNDER BAY – Crime Update – The four suspects arrested by Thunder Bay Police have now appeared before a judge and police have released the list of charges and the names of the suspects.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers arrested four people from the Toronto area following a recent disturbance involving a firearm.

Officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Pearl Street just before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 following reports of a disturbance. The disturbance was believed to involve a break-in and a firearm.

Suspects fled the area before police arrived on the scene.

When police arrived they began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this alleged incident.

As a result of the ongoing investigation – which also involved members of the service’s Major Crimes Unit, K9 Unit, Forensic Identification Unit and Intelligence Unit – police identified and located suspects connected to the Sunday incident.

Four suspects, who were in a motor vehicle together, were taken into custody following a high-risk arrest in the zero-to-100 block of Lake Street in the early afternoon hours of Monday, Oct. 21.

Police located a handgun inside the vehicle. During the arrests, one of the male suspects provided a name to police that further investigation revealed to be a false identity.

Police also seized crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $16,000, Fentanyl with an estimated street value of $5,000 and about $5,000CAD during the arrests.

Jerimiah EDWARDS, 20, of Toronto is charged with:
• Breaking and Entering with Intent
• Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
• Obstruct Peace Officer
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm Licence
• Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
• Tamper with Serial Number of Firearm
• Careless handling of a Firearm
• Possession of Firearm/ Ammo Contrary to Prohibition Order

Demitri Austin GREEN, 21, of Toronto is charged with:
• Breaking and Entering with Intent
• Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm Licence
• Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
• Tamper with Serial Number of Firearm
• Careless handling of a Firearm
• Escape Lawful Custody
• Mischief Under $5,000

Jaisha Rina MESQUITO, 19, of Markham is charged with:
• Kidnapping
• Uttering Threats
• Breaking and Entering with Intent
• Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm Licence
• Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
• Tamper with Serial Number of Firearm
• Careless handling of a Firearm

Tenisha Crystal SMITH, 21, is charged with:
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Weapon Obtained by Crime
• Unauthorized Possession of Firearm Licence
• Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
• Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
• Tamper with Serial Number of Firearm
• Careless handling of a Firearm

All accused appeared in court Tuesday and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

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