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Suspects arrested after Batchawana Bay standoff (updated)

Thursday, April 03, 2014   by: Staff

Ontario Provincial Police say a man and a woman who had barricaded themselves in a Batchawana Bay residence were arrested without incident shortly after noon today.

The incident began last night with what OPP describe as a "criminal occurrence" in Thunder Bay.

OPP say the same vehicle, a grey Ford F150, was involved around 10:20 p.m. in an alleged gas theft from a gas station in the Marathon, Ont. area.

OPP say officers deployed a spike belt at the Batchewana River Bridge after the vehicle was observed headed toward Sault Ste. Marie.

OPP say the vehicle continued south for roughly 20 kilometres before coming to a full stop.

The male driver exited the vehicle with a firearm and both he and a female passenger fled on foot into the bush, say OPP.

A canine unit and emergency response officers tracked the suspects to a camp in the 6,000 block of Highway 17 North, where they pair had barricaded themselves.

Const. Monique Baker said she could not confirm whether the suspects were armed during the barricade, which also drew Sault detachment members, and a tactical rescue unit from Orillia.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and charges are pending, said Baker.

Earlier coverage:

Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed one person is currently barricaded in a residence along Highway 17 between Harmony Beach and Old Mill Bay.

OPP could not immediately confirm whether a firearm is involved.

On scene are an OPP emergency response team, detachment members, and tactical rescue unit from Orillia.

The incident began last night and is believed to have stemmed from the theft of gasoline from a gas station in Marathon, Ont., said an OPP spokesperson.

A high-speed chase did not occur, but police did deploy a spike belt to stop the vehicle, a grey Ford F150.

No injuries have occurred and there is no danger to public safety, said OPP.

Highway 17 is not closed.

The residence is in the 6,000 block of Highway 17.

Earlier coverage:

Several readers have contacted to report a police manhunt north of the Sault after what one caller described as a high-speed chase.

A reader contacted us this morning to report what appears to be an ongoing armed standoff at a seasonal home in the Old Mill Bay area.

The Sault Ste. Marie Detachment said earlier this morning they could not immediately confirm the incident.

A media release is expected later today.

A witness reported at 11 p.m. police were involved in a high speed chase with a south- bound Ford F150 between Havilland and Harmony and that a spike strip was deployed but failed to stop the vehicle which continued with at least two tires blown out.

A witness at the scene described gouges in the pavement that continued about six kilometres beyond the spike strip.

The vehicle was seen on the side of the road and police were searching the area at 2 a.m.

A witness said police stopped vehicles passing through the area and warned motorists not to pick anyone up.

Another witness reports police conducted a house-to-house search looking for two males. 

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itsme29 4/3/2014 10:12:31 AM Report

if it was a white ford then It prbly just O.J
right wing 4/3/2014 10:16:46 AM Report

O.J. doesn't speed......
Sam C 4/3/2014 10:33:28 AM Report

Hopefully this ends well.

I know cops who have been involved in chases up the highway. They most often end when the suspect realizes that none of the roads off the highway actually go anywhere.
weed_junior 4/3/2014 11:14:16 AM Report

Police on the highway are reporting to local cottage owners that the 2 suspects are surrounded in a cottage near Jone's Landing and police are waiting them out. This was reported at 11:00 am Thursday.
iamtc 4/3/2014 11:20:45 AM Report

Breaking news I just ate an apple
Deano_ 4/3/2014 11:25:56 AM Report

iamtc.. why are you still allowed to post here? Your drivel is annoying to everyone
iamtc 4/3/2014 11:59:44 AM Report

Deano why u smell
Brietsy 4/3/2014 12:17:37 PM Report

All this after a drive off from a gas station? Wow... Guy stole what? $25-$50 in gas, and has lost 2+ tires worth $100+, plus repairs to the rims, plus bodywork on the car...

not only does crime not pay, it actually costs you money.
Sunnidelight 4/3/2014 12:24:07 PM Report

Probably not his truck!
Brietsy 4/3/2014 12:26:05 PM Report

possibly true. if it's not, I hope the actual owner has good insurance. for his sake.
Brietsy 4/3/2014 12:26:49 PM Report

that was ambiguous. If the truck was stolen, I hope that the actual owner has good insurance, because I don't want to see someone innocent get stuck with the bill on this one.
saultbie25 4/3/2014 12:27:43 PM Report

Does anyone know an address? Is it confirmed that it is in Jones landing?

Slim Shady 4/3/2014 12:28:58 PM Report

...Maybe they can hire the MNR to capture them alive, put them in the Humane Society to be rehomed....

Don't worry, they were doing what they needed to survive... they won't do it again - set them free!
Brietsy 4/3/2014 12:33:23 PM Report

I can honestly say that for cases like this, I think the punishment should not be just jail time. I think a fine would be useful as well. 20 police officers (just a guess here) at $20/hr, plus the costs of fuel, any damages done to the home he's in (if it's not his), plus any damage to any of the police cruisers, plus the cost of dispatchers, plus the cost of the people doing paperwork... if you get my drift. make criminals pay for the process of arresting them.
TFinn 4/3/2014 1:06:14 PM Report

Brietsy 4/3/2014 12:33:23 PM

They're thieves to begin you really think they have money to pay..? Nope ..Jail and for a long time ..5 years minimum. Don't need scum like that on our streets and highways. I'm sure there would be enough charges and probably more if they dig a bit.
right wing 4/3/2014 1:06:59 PM Report

A tactical rescue team from Orillia....really, was that a must.
What was next the Canadian Armed Forces.
Who the hell was in there, Bonnie and Clyde.
Brietsy 4/3/2014 1:08:05 PM Report

What happens normally if a person does not have the money to pay off a fine? (I really don't know, I've never gotten one) Can they garnish their wages/government cheques until it is paid off? I'm serious about this.
CB4 4/3/2014 1:11:35 PM Report

Why is there a white vehicle in Batchawana Bay ?
Brietsy 4/3/2014 1:14:08 PM Report

Like, in the bay itself? or in the community?
Pakadeva 4/3/2014 1:25:28 PM Report

Give the Police some credit please! Yes, they deployed a lot of help, they were preparing so 2 people gone nutzo with firearms were not about to have a shooting spree somewhere & kill off a bunch of people (maybe YOUR relatives) before they were in custody. They erred on the side of caution when the outcome was entirely unknown or predictable. Kudos!!!
Brietsy 4/3/2014 1:52:47 PM Report

oh no, I totally agree that the response was about exactly what was needed. I just think that criminals should be responsible financially for the costs of catching them. that would be a second deterrent, as well as possible jail time
fcubed 4/3/2014 1:56:51 PM Report

An article published in the Toronto sun in 2012.

The annual $2.3-billion bill for the country's 53 penitentiaries works out to $312 per prisoner, per day, according to the latest annual report from Corrections Canada

No doubt it has gone up. And we are settling for $155!? something not right here!
right wing 4/3/2014 1:57:04 PM Report

I completely support the police doing what they have to but a team from Orillia is over the top unneeded expense.

Two people, a dude and a gal...surrounded in a cabin...are some of you really going to tell me that the local OPP is not trained to handle this.

right wing 4/3/2014 2:03:57 PM Report

"A witness at the scene described gouges in the pavement that continued about six kilometres beyond the spike strip."

A Dodge would have made it ten.....

Brietsy 4/3/2014 2:07:37 PM Report


Good show sir.

soowat 4/3/2014 2:10:33 PM Report

right wing

Not the Dodge I own unless you meant 10 centimeters lol
right wing 4/3/2014 2:24:36 PM Report

Then why would you own it.....
ranny 4/3/2014 2:47:18 PM Report

Stealing gas from Marathon, ON isn't the brights move. Only excape route is Highway 17 going east or west and there are cops station every hour or 100km to Thunder Bay or Sault.
Constant 4/3/2014 4:00:50 PM Report

"right wing"… Why do you post the most ridiculous things? Do you think before you type.

The police are here to protect and serve.. all your blah bla blahing about the way the police deal with situations is outrageous.

You have no clue what the real story is.. nor all the fact!!!!
The police do not just get assistance from Orillia because its fun!! It because its NEEDED. Being a police officer is not a joke! They are the people that run in when we are running away, you seem to run your mouth about a lot of things you don't know.

Do you know what an ERT team is for the OPP??
Do you know what a tactical team is???

Do you know why they would be sent into this situation??
Also I hate to tell you… Sootoday is just a form of the "BASIC" of whats going on… When things are quoted on here like… A local said.. or we have been told..? Is that the truth>?

tosimple 4/3/2014 4:22:23 PM Report

Should be like USA they would have spun them out on the highway. Then most likely shot them. Saving the tax payers a lot of court costs and money. THE END!
girlygirl123 4/3/2014 5:16:13 PM Report

I think our Laws need to be tougher instead of just getting their hands slapped and where told what a bad boy they are. This was a home invasion, it was not their home and someone could of been living there. We already have to much crime and if the Law would be stiffer than some would think twice instead considering the consequences as a joke
Lone24 4/3/2014 7:09:34 PM Report

Why would a criminal worry if they get caught and put away they get free rent,T.V. ,weights,three meals a day and a sex partner.
Eset 4/3/2014 8:22:35 PM Report
Sam C 4/3/2014 8:25:54 PM Report

right wing... good one! A little levity never hurts.

ranny... as I mentioned in my earlier post, it is not uncommon for criminals passing through the area to make that mistake. In many other regions, side roads actually lead somewhere, and there are a number of alternative routes available.

Highway 17... none!
Constant 4/3/2014 11:02:19 PM Report

levity: I would say rather rude.

Why is something like this a laughing matter or to make light of..??…

Hahaha.. hahah… funny funny.. until someone is hurt or killed.

Maybe we should have sent neighbourhood watch out to get them hahaha.

LEVITY!! sure
ranny 4/4/2014 10:34:06 AM Report

Deploying road spike isn't a fun job. I recall a law enforcement lost his life in Sudbury. The driver who was being chased, drove around the spike and hit the police office. I forgot what the outcome of the incident and charges.
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