"Crime spree": Orillia man faces slew of charges, including assaulting police

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Oct. 19, 2020

A 50-year-old Orillia man faces more than a dozen charges following what police are calling an early morning crime spree Oct. 17.

The suspect has been charged with 14 offences including assaulting an officer with a weapon, arson, impaired driving, resisting police, unlawfully in a dwelling and theft under $5,000.

Orillia OPP officers were called to a Nottawasaga Street to investigate a man who allegedly broke an apartment window and a truck window before fleeing on a stolen motorcycle.

Police caught up to the suspect at a Mississaga Street residence after a call came in about a man on motorcycle who refused to leave the property.

According to police, the man, who was allegedly carrying a large knife, struggled with officers but was subdued, handcuffed and arrested.

Officers say the man is also a suspect in an arson after a fire was set at a Regent Street residence that morning, which was being investigated by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal.

The male was held for a bail hearing and is set to appear in Barrie court Oct. 20.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance