Bruce Peninsula OPP Report: North Bruce Peninsula Man Charged with Sexual Assault; Parallel Investigation Adds Additional Criminal Charges

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(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On April 26, 2020 at 5:55 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a sexual assault occurrence involving a 31 year old victim.

OPP officers were assisted during the investigation by Grey Bruce OPP Crime Unit.

On April 28, 2020 OPP officers arrested and charged a 57 year old, male from Northern Bruce Peninsula with the following offences:

-Sexual Assault, section 271 Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

-Uttering Threats – Cause death or Bodily Harm, section 264.1(1)(a) CC

-Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, section 88 CC

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on April 29, 2020. 

During the investigation, Grey Bruce OPP Community Street Crime Unit entered into a property crime investigation involving the accused. The parallel investigation revealed the accused in possession of stolen property from numerous property locations in Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Anyone with information that can assist with these investigations, call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The accused has been charged with additional criminal charges:

-5 counts of enter dwelling house to commit indictable offence, section 348(1)(b) CC

-5 counts of Possession Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000, section 355(b) CC

 Anyone with information that can assist Grey Bruce OPP with this investigation, call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

THEFTS FROM BUILDING SITES – Occurred across both, Grey and Bruce Counties

(CHATSWORTH, ON) – Over the past month and half, Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have responded to an increased amount of calls involving building materials and tools stolen from building sites across both, Grey and Bruce Counties.

On April 20, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. OPP officers received a report of a theft from a construction trailer at a house under construction at Concession 4, Chatsworth. Culprits forced entry to the trailer during the night of Sunday, April 19th and early morning Monday, April 20th. Several tools related to masonry work were taken such as; two gas powered cut off saws (Husqvarna & Stihl), Bostitch air nailer, Dewalt impact drill, Milwaukee hammer/impact drill and several hand tools. 

On April 16, 2020 at 7:35 a.m. OPP officers were dispatched to a theft of multiple sheets of plywood and other wood products from a construction site at Lakeshore Boulevard North, South Bruce Peninsula. Sometime between the evening of April 15th and the morning of April 16th, unknown suspect(s) attended the cottage under construction and stole the wood products.

On April 15, 2020 at 9:17 a.m. OPP officers were dispatched to a theft of tools and construction material from a sea container at Werry Avenue, Dundalk in the Township of Southgate. The unknown suspect(s) cut the lock off to gain entry to the container. Three Stihl concrete saws were stolen.

On April 6, 2020 at 3:22 p.m. OPP officers were dispatched to a job site at Highway 6&10 in Georgian Bluffs. An assortment of hand tools were stolen and a van parked at the site was entered as well. No suspect(s) at this time. 

On March 28, 2020 at 9:23 a.m. OPP officers responded to a report of a break and enter into a construction site trailer at Princess Street in Shallow Lake. Numerous power tools were stolen from the trailer. The theft occurred sometime between, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. and March 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. by unknown suspect(s).

On March 23, 2020 at 8:48 a.m. OPP officers were dispatched to a break and enter at a building site of a new home at Goderich Point Loop in Northern Bruce Peninsula. The break-in occurred between the morning of March 21st and the morning of March 23rd. Unknown suspect(s) stole numerous tools and building supplies. 

Grey Bruce OPP is asking for assistance from the public in identifying the person(s) involved in these criminal actions.

Anyone with information that can assist with these investigations, call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

STUNT DRIVER CHARGED ON BERFORD ST, WIARTON

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On April 24, 2020 at 3:35 p.m., Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrolling Highway 6 into Wiarton and observed a northbound (grey) car travelling at a high rate of speed. The officer also observed the car proceed through a yellow light at an intersection. The vehicle was stopped on Berford Street for speeding over 50 kilometres an hour (km/h) or more over the posted speed limit of 50 km/h. 

Grey Bruce OPP have charged the 59 year old driver from Kitchener with stunt driving – speeding by 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit, 172(1) Highway Traffic Act and Fail to stop for an amber light, section 144(15) HTA. The driver’s vehicle was impounded for 7 days and their driver’s licence was suspended for 7 days.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP 

(CHATSWORTH, ON) – The Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to partner with the Owen Sound Police Service, South Bruce OPP, Saugeen Shores Police Service, West Grey Police Service, Hanover Police Service, Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services, Bruce Grey Child and Family Services, 2-1-1 Central East Ontario, Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey and The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce to launch a new grassroots campaign called #HereToHelpGB. 

The goal of the campaign is to let individuals who are in need of support know that they are not alone, that help is available. 

This campaign, that officially launches on April 28, 2020 has been created to reach kids, youth and women who are in abusive situations or feeling scared during this time of isolation. Our most vulnerable often rely on our schools, daycares, community centers, health care facilities and places of worship as a safe place’s in Grey Bruce. With the recent closure of so many of our public and institutional settings, the caring eyes & ears that usually provide comfort and act as safeguards are not physically present. The goal of the campaign is to let individuals who are in need of support know that they are not alone, that help is available. 

We are asking for the public’s support to help spread the message that we are #HereToHelpGB. In the coming days and weeks social media messages and videos will be posted on our social media platforms and websites along with the displaying of posters at places that are still accessible to the public. The messaging will be simple; pictures of Police Officers, Community Partners and/or the public holding signs that read; #HereToHelpGB with either the number 2-1-1 or a number that can quickly assist a person in need. 

Please note that if you, or someone you know, is in an abusive or vulnerable situation that it’s very important to reach out for the help you need. 

Numbers for help:

2-1-1 is a 24/7 multilingual helpline to find services in your community

9-1-1 is for all emergency situations

226-974-0755 a text support line for women in crisis

1-800-668-6868 Kids Help Phone