On Friday September 14, at approximately 1:19 p.m., members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police assisted the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services at the Kenora jail with a hostage situation.

As a result of the investigation by the Kenora OPP Crime Unit seven men have been arrested.

Patrick Kanate, 27-years-old, of North Caribou Lake First Nation (FN), Ontario
Waylon Morton, 35-years-old of Dryden, Ontario
Ryan Nickel, 31-years-old, of Dryden, Ontario
Travis Polkinghorne, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon, Ontario
Joshua Pitchenese, 27-years-old, of Wabigoon Lake FN, Ontario
Garnet Sumner, 30-years-old, of Peguis F/N, Manitoba
Drayson Waswa, 19-years-old, of Sioux Lookout, Ontario

They are charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

Hostage Taking, section 279.1(2)(b);
Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon, section 270.01(1)(a) (12 counts);
Disarming a Peace Officer section 270.1(1);
Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon section 91(2);
Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose section 88;
Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime section 96(a);
and with Uttering Threats-Cause Death or Bodily Harm section 264.1(1)(a).

All accused have been scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora at a later date.

For more information:

Kenora jail guard speaks out after hostage-taking

Hostage released from Kenora Jail

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