East Algoma OPP – Officers Make arrest after Robbery and Assault

On May 5, 2023, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a robbery downtown Elliot Lake on Nova Scotia Walk.

The complainant (an off-duty police officer) witnessed a known male assault a person who was sitting on a bench outside a retail store. The officer intervened, identified them-self, and attempted an arrest, but the male fled on his e-bike. The male was arrested a short time later by police. The victim sustained minor injuries and was assessed by Algoma Paramedic Services.

Joshua BAINES, 39 years-old of Elliot Lake, was charged with:

  • Robbery with Theft
  • Assault a peace officer
  • Resist peace officer
  • Escape lawful custody
  • Failure to comply with undertaking (two counts)

The accused was scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court in Blind River on May 6, 2023.