Alleged Westside street gang member remains in custody

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A bail hearing for an alleged Westside Outlaws street gang member was adjourned in Lloydminster Provincial Court Jan. 11.

North Battleford resident Tonia Cantel, 22, has been held in custody since her arrest on Nov. 20, 2020. She is charged with theft of a vehicle, numerous firearms-related offences, endangering the safety of the public, and flight from police.

Cantel, and four others, allegedly took RCMP on a 150-kilometre, two-hour chase from Lashburn to north of Paradise Hills. Her co-accused include Juanita Wahpistikwan, 21, from Big Island Cree Nation, Kyle Lajimodiere from Cold Lake, Alta., and two young offenders who can’t be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

A search of the stolen vehicle the five were in resulted in the seizure of a sawed-off modified rifle, ammunition, a machete, a BB pistol and several knives. Police also located gang paraphernalia including a red paisley bandana. RCMP say the five are members of Westside Outlaws street gang.

If you are associated with a gang and want to leave it, contact STR8 UP in northern Saskatchewan at 306-763-3001, STR8 UP in central Saskatchewan at 306-244-1771, or Regina Treaty Status Indian Services in southern Saskatchewan at 306-522-7494 to get assistance.

The charges against the five haven’t been proven in court.

Cantel’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21. Lajimodiere is scheduled to appear on Jan. 26 to speak to his matter. Wahpistikwan has a show cause hearing on Jan. 21 in Lloydminster Provincial Court.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist