Incident # 20-34504
On Friday, September 4, 2020 at approximately 3:26 pm, Brantford Police Service received a 9-1-1 call to report a male suspect, believed to be in possession of a firearm. The suspect was witnessed driving a vehicle with a female passenger in the area of Clarence Street and Colborne Street.
Further investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle, a 2006 black Cadillac Escalade, was previously reported stolen from the Region of Halton.
At approx. 6 pm, officers identified the suspect vehicle in a parking lot located at Brant Ave and Church Street. The vehicle was occupied by the accused driver and female passenger. When officers conducted a traffic stop, the accused attempted to flee the scene, striking a residential fence and staircase with the vehicle. The vehicle, fence, and staircase all sustained extensive damage. The suspect vehicle fled the scene and was not pursued by police due to public safety concerns.
As the investigation continued, at approx. 8:00 pm, officers located the stolen vehicle abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment building on Tollgate Road. Officers recovered seven firearms from the vehicle, which had been reported stolen from a prior break and enter in Wellington County.
The investigation also revealed that the accused was also currently bound by five Criminal Code driving prohibitions. The accused was identified by officers and arrested by members of the Six Nations Police Service on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
As a result of the investigation, Lorne Melvin GENERAL, 34 years of age from Ohsweken, is charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code:
- Possession of Stolen Property Over $5,000
- Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000 X 7
- Pointing a Firearm X2
- Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose X2
- Careless Use of Firearm X2
- Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle
- Unauthorized Possession of Firearm X7
- Adult Firearm or Weapon Possession Contrary to Prohibition Order X7
- Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm X7
- Unauthorized Possession in Motor Vehicle X7
- Operation While Prohibited X5
The Brantford Police Service would like to thank the Six Nations Police Service for their assistance in this investigation.
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