UPDATE: Aggravated Assault victim has passed, police now investigating homicide

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 12:15
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Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2020-01-13

The victim of a recent aggravated assault has died from their injuries, and as a result the Thunder Bay Police Service is now treating the case as a homicide investigation.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were en route to a reported break and enter in the 300 block of Syndicate Avenue North just before 3 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

Officers arrived in the area and located footprints in the freshly fallen snow, which were suspected to be linked to the original call for service. Police followed the footprints and located two male suspects.

Further investigation led officers to discover that an 18-year-old male had been the victim of an assault at the Syndicate Avenue North residence.

The male victim was transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for further treatment of his life-threatening injuries.

Austin Peter ROBINSON, 18, of Thunder Bay, has been identified as the victim. During the weekend he died as a result of injuries sustained during the Jan. 9 assault.

A post-mortem examination is being scheduled to take place in Toronto.

Cody ECHUM, 19, of Thunder Bay, and a 14-year-old male were both charged on Thursday, Jan. 9 with Aggravated Assault. Both accused appeared in bail court that day and were remanded into custody with future appearance dates.

Members of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s Major Crimes Unit expect to lay news charges as a result of the victim’s passing.

Investigators also identified additional victims who were connected to the original incident. As a result of the ongoing investigation, police identified a 20-year-old male and a 20-year-old female as having been assaulted with a weapon during the Jan. 9 incident.

Additional charges including Assault with a Weapon are expected.

The identity of the youth accused is being withheld in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.


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