Man arrested for sexual assault

Staff

Treaty #3 Police have arrested a Couchiching First Nation man after an early Sunday morning investigation into a sexual assault this past long weekend.
While on patrol at 3:29 a.m. on Sunday, Treaty #3 Police Service officers responded to a female crying, “Help me,” near the eastbound lanes of Highway #11, said Treaty #3 Police in a press release.
Officers located and then transported an injured 40 year-old woman to La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances for treatment.
Following an investigation of the incident, officers went to the residence of the suspect to make an arrest, whereupon the suspect fled the residence and was shortly after apprehended by officers.
During the apprehension, the suspect drew a knife and did not comply with officer demands to drop the weapon.
Subsequently, the police used a “conducted energy weapon”—more commonly known to the public the brand name “Taser”—on the suspect, who was then disarmed and apprehended without injury.
Michael Robert Morrisseau, 48, of Couchiching First Nation has now been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous, overcoming resistance to commit an indictable offence; sexual assault; aggravated assault; assaulting a police with a weapon (assault level two); and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.
Morrisseau is slated to appear in Fort Frances Court, Monday August 9 at 9:30 a.m. for a show cause hearing.