Assault charges upgraded to Attempt Murder


(FORT FRANCES, ON) – A suspect being held in connection to a serious assault in downtown Fort Frances has had his charges upgraded to Attempt murder.

A 30-year-old Big Grassy First Nation man has now been charged with Attempt murder. The OPP had previously charged the man with Aggravated assault and Assault with a weapon.

The accused remains in custody awaiting his next Ontario Provincial Court appearance.

Shortly after 5:00 a.m. on March 20, 2021, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the OPP were called to an assault with a weapon that took place on the 200 block of Scott Street in Fort Frances. The victim was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing with the collaboration of the Northwest Region Crime Unit, Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (NWR-ERT), and Forensic Identification Services (FIS), under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Members of the public with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the OPP at or can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at