Update – OPP seek four people wanted in connection to a home invasion, kidnapping and assault

Editors note: This article has been updated multiple times since it was originally published on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, at 11:16 a.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Tyendinaga Police Service have released the above images and are asking for the public’s help to locate four people, wanted in connection to a home invasion, kidnapping, and assault.

According to a release from the OPP, the incident took place around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, at a residence on Atsia Court on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

“It was reported that several individuals had entered the home, assaulted a male and took him away in a vehicle. He was assaulted again and was then dropped off in another part of the community. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries,” the OPP stated.

Following Kingstonist inquiries as to what type(s) of weapons were involved, if any, Bill Dickson, Media Relations Coordinator for the OPP East Region, responded.

“The individual was assaulted with what appeared to be a baseball bat,” Dickson said.

In total, there are charges pending against six individuals in connection to the incident.

Blaine Branscombe, age 41 of Tyendinaga Township, and Jordan Brant, age 33 of Deseronto, have been charged with:

  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • Two counts of kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Robbery with violence
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Branscombe has additionally been charged with disguise with intent.

According to the release, these two accused have been remanded in custody, with further appearances scheduled before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Patrick Lennox, age 37 of Napanee, Laura Lee Leween, age 42 of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and Ashley Cummings, age 36 of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory for charges of:

  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • Two counts of kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Robbery with violence
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Disguise with intent

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Jamie Kunkel, age 44 of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory for the charges of:

  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • Robbery with violence
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Two counts of kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Theft under $5,000

If you see these individuals, or have any information on their whereabouts, do not approach them, the OPP warned. Report any information to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Kingstonist also inquired with the OPP as to whether the home invasion case outlined above has anything to do with an ongoing missing person case in Tyendinaga. While Dickson cautioned that police “cannot speculate on any potential connection to the ongoing missing person investigation,” he said that the investigation into the home invasion, kidnapping, and assault case is not currently related to the investigation into a missing Tyendinaga woman, Michelle, who was last seen on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2023.

“This is a separate incident and separate investigation,” said Dickson, referring to the home invasion case.

With files from Tori Stafford.


Update (Monday, Feb. 5, 2024):

Two of the four individuals wanted in connection to a home invasion, kidnapping, and assault on Tyendinaga Mowhawk Territory have turned themselves in to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

According to a release from the OPP, Laura Lee Leween, age 42 and Jamie Kunkel age 44, both from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory turned themselves in at the Napanee OPP Detachment over the weekend.

The pair were allegedly involved in an incident which took place around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, at a residence on Atsia Court on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

“It was reported that several individuals had entered the home, assaulted a male and took him away in a vehicle. He was assaulted again and was then dropped off in another part of the community. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries,” the OPP stated.

The OPP listed out the charges for both individuals.

Leween is charged with:

  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • Two counts of kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Robbery with violence
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Disguise with intent

Kunkel is charged with:

  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • Robbery with violence
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Two counts of kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Theft under $5,000

Arrest warrants remain outstanding for Patrick Lennox, age 37 of Napanee and Ashley Cummings, age 36 of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, whose pending charges are listed in the original article above.

“If you see these individuals, or have any information on their whereabouts, do not approach them. Call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477,” the OPP said.


Update (Friday, Feb. 9, 2024):

A third individual wanted in connection with a home invasion, kidnapping, and assault in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, has been arrested, according to an update from the East Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

According to the updated media release, the OPP Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad located and arrested Patrick Lennox, age 37, today, February 9, 2024, in Napanee. He is charged with:

  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • Two counts of kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Robbery with violence
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Disguise with intent

The OPP and Tyendinaga Police Service continue to ask for the public’s help to locate the remaining individual, Ashley Cummings, age 36, of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, who is wanted on the same charges.

Image via East Region OPP.

The incident took place on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, around 4:30 a.m., at a residence on Atsia Court on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

“It was reported that several individuals had entered the home, assaulted a male and took him away in a vehicle. He was assaulted again and was then dropped off in another part of the community. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries,” the OPP stated.

Several other individuals are already in custody in the case (see above).

“If you see Ashley Cummings, or have any information on her whereabouts, do not approach. Call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477,” police said.


Update (Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024):

The final individual wanted in connection with a home invasion, kidnapping and assault in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has been arrested, according to a release from Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The OPP Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad located and arrested Ashley Cummings, age 36, on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Deseronto.

According to the OPP, she is charged with:

  • Two counts of assault with a weapon
  • Kidnapping
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence-kidnapping
  • Forcible confinement
  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
  • Robbery with violence
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Disguise with intent

Police said that Cummings will remain in custody, with a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

The five other individuals are already before the courts on similar charges. (See details above.)

The incident happened on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, around 4:30 a.m., at a residence on Atsia Court on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The OPP said that it was reported that several individuals had entered the home, assaulted a male and took him away in a vehicle. He was assaulted again and was then dropped off in another part of the community. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

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