Arson and robbery charges laid

Press Release

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Shortly after 8:00 pm on February 12, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to an assault at a business on Scott Street in Fort Frances. Officers attended the business and identified evidence of a robbery that had taken place. Robbery is the use of violence while engaged in a theft. The subject had used a needle previously used for intravenous drug use to threaten an employee of the business.  Officers were familiar with the subject and set out to locate him.

At shortly after 11:00 pm officers located the subject starting a fire in an enclosed area, close to an apartment building. The male was arrested without further incident and the officers extinguished the fire.

As a result of this investigation, a 25-year old Fort Frances man was charged with: Robbery; Indecent Act; Arson; Mischief under $5000.00; and Possession of break-in tools.

The accused was held for bail.