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Two arrested after firearm brandished during assault near Blind River: OPP

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A news release issued today by the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reports that two people have been arrested and charged following an incident near Blind River Wednesday morning.

According to OPP, two victims were assaulted at a residence in Mississauga First Nation. One of the accused is alleged to have brandished a handgun during the assault.

Jordyn Taylor of Garden River First Nation, and Roni Boyer-Gionette of Toronto face charges of robbery using a firearm, break and enter, assault, and uttering threats.

The incident remains under investigation by Mississauga First Nation Police Service or the OPP.

Full text of the OPP news release follows:

MISSISSAUGA FIRST NATION - On Oct. 7, 2020 shortly after 2 p.m., a member from the Mississauga First Nation Police Service with the assistance from members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the East Algoma OPP Crime Unit responded to a report of a home invasion that took place on Oct. 6, 2020 between 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m., at a residence on Village Road within the Territory of Mississauga First Nation.

A couple had pulled into their driveway. As they were getting out of their vehicle and making their way into the residence, a dark-coloured sedan pulled in behind them. [It is alleged that] one victim was assaulted while attempting to stop three people from entering the residence. The other victim was assaulted inside the house by two people. One of the persons brandished a handgun during the assault. A cell phone was taken from that victim. Two of the three people were known to the victims.

On Oct. 7, 2020 at approximately 5:50 p.m., OPP observed the suspect vehicle on Youngfox Road in the Town of Blind River. A traffic stop was conducted and police arrested two individuals. One individual remains outstanding.

As a result of the investigation, Jordyn Taylor, 22 from Garden River First Nation, was charged with:
    •    Robbery using a firearm, contrary to section 334(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC);  
    •    Break, enter a place - commit indictable offence, contrary to section 348(1)(b) of the CC;
    •    Break, enter a place - with intent to commit indictable offence, contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the CC;  
    •    Two counts of assault, contrary to section 266 of the CC; and with
    •    Uttering threats - cause death or bodily harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the CC.

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court in Blind River on Oct. 8, 2020 and was remanded into custody.

Roni Boyer-Gionette, age 26, from Toronto, was charged with:
    •    Robbery using a firearm, contrary to section 334(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC);  
    •    Break, enter a dwelling house - commit indictable offence, contrary to section 348(1)(b) of the CC;
    •    Assault, contrary to section 266 of the CC;
    •    Uttering threats - cause death or bodily harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the CC; and with
    •    Forcible confinement, contrary to section 279(2) of the CC.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on Nov. 5, 2020.

Any person with information regarding the outstanding person or this home invasion should contact the Mississauga First Nation Police Service or the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submit information online or download the P3 App where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.