Toronto man charged with firearm offences, under conditions not to be in Thunder Bay denied bail

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THUNDER BAY — A Toronto man under court-ordered conditions to not be within the city of Thunder Bay was denied bail following a court proceeding on Tuesday.

Anthony Omar Talbert, 27, of Toronto is charged with a series of firearm-related offences following an incident on McLaughlin Street on Sunday, Sept. 27. Some of his charges include obstructing a peace officer, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and tampering with a serial number of a firearm.

Talbert appeared by audio in a Thunder Bay courtroom on Tuesday, Dec. 1, where he was ordered to be detained by a justice of the peace following a bail hearing.

The accused was arrested by Thunder Bay police in late September after officers had received reports of a man possibly armed with a handgun. Officers attended to an apartment and located a male suspect who provided officers with a false identity, according to a previous police media release.

Once officers confirmed the suspect’s identity, they learned he was on a court condition to not be within the city of Thunder Bay and not possess any weapons.

Officers located and seized a modified handgun.

Talbert’s previous release order which prevented him from being in the city of Thunder Bay stems from similar firearm-related offences from January 2019. He was granted bail on these charges in February 2019, according to documents.

His previous recognizance of bail was granted on Feb. 12, 2019, and he was released to two sureties. He paid a cash deposit of $5,000 for his release on conditions.

There is a publication ban on these offences.

Talbert will remain in custody and is scheduled to appear in court next later this month.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source