Male connected to viral assault video arrested

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 13:15
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Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2021-04-08

Police have arrested a suspect connected to a recent assault that was recorded and shared on social media.

Earlier this week police became aware of an undated video, believed to have been recorded on Sunday, April 4, showing a male suspect attacking a vulnerable male victim.

The Thunder Bay Police Service became aware of the video circulating social media, however, the assault was not initially reported to police.

Continued investigation by members of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Community Oriented Response Unit and Community Inclusion Team led to an arrest of a male suspect in the morning hours of Thursday, April 8.

Evan William FINLAYSON, 19, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Assault.

He appeared in bail court on Thursday, April 8 and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date of Friday, April 9.

The Thunder Bay Police Service would like to take this opportunity to urge members of the public to come forward when they witness, or become aware of, crimes against vulnerable citizens.

Members of the homeless community, seniors, persons with intellectual disabilities, and children are examples of vulnerable citizens who are less likely to report when they have become victimized by crime. By reporting on their behalf, and sharing evidence with police, we can begin to help these vulnerable victims.

The Thunder Bay Police Service would also like to thank the members of the public who came forward to provide investigators with relevant information and the local media for its timely response.


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