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Man and woman charged after school lockdown

Friday, March 28, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

SAULT STE MARIE
POLICE SERVICE

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On the 27th of March, 2014 shortly before 12:45 p.m., city police responded to an east end address after receiving a 911 call.

A male suspect attended at an address and threatened a male.

The suspect then left the area.

The victim attended at a neighbor’s residence, who was an off duty police officer, and told him of the incident. 

At this time the suspect returned to the area and attended at the neighbours address where the victim was.

The off-duty officer identified himself as a police officer at which time, the suspect, without warning, swung a bat at him, striking him twice.

The victim was not harmed.

The suspect left the area after threatening to return with a gun and kill the males.

The off duty officer noted that the suspect had apparel on which had gang associated insignia.

A female, who was in a vehicle, waiting for the suspect, also threatened the victims.

The police were immediately called and the suspects left in a car.

The suspect lost control of the vehicle in the area of Gibbs Street and Eastern Avenue and the vehicle ended up in a snow bank.

The male fled the car on foot.

The female was apprehended by officers at the vehicle and taken into custody. 

At the time of the arrest the female had Percocet on her.

Police Service Dog Justice was involved in tracking the suspect along with members from Patrol Services and the Emergency Services Unit.

The suspect was tracked by Justice and located hiding in a vehicle in a garage on Gibbs Street.

The male was taken into custody without incident at approximately 1:40 p.m.

When officers searched the suspect they located 22.6 grams of cocaine on the male.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $2,320.

A baseball bat believed to have been used in the assault was also located by officers during the track.

Due to the time of day and weapons related comments and assault, a Code Green, was activated in the school system.

A Code Green ensures that students do not leave the school due to a potential threat outside of the school.

33-year-old Edward Buckels of Winnipeg, Manitoba has been charged with one count of assault with a weapon, one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking of a controlled drug or substance, one count of threaten to cause bodily harm, one count of threaten to cause death, one count of participate in activities of a criminal organization for the purpose of enhancing the ability of the said organization, one count of break and enter and commit the offence of obstruct police and one count of assault police.

33-year-old Tanya Valentine of no fixed address has been charged with one count of assault with a weapon, one count of threaten to cause bodily harm and one count of possession of a controlled drug or substance. 

Both persons will appear in bail court this morning.

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For earlier coverage of this story click here.

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