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Tyendinaga Police, OPP conduct manhunt for armed suspect

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) discuss a course of action during a manhunt for an armed suspect in Tyendinaga on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Photo by Cris Vilela.

UPDATE — Oct. 7, 2020 — SUSPECT APPREHENDED

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, the Tyendinaga Police Service issued a statement that a warrant for David Bolton had been successfully executed in Deseronto.

“We would like to thank all for the recent tips and assistance,” they said.

Bolton will appear in court on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 for a bail hearing. According to the Tyendinaga Police Service, he is charged with assault with a weapon, dangerous driving, breach of an undertaking and possession of a firearm when prohibited, all stemming from an incident on Monday.

ORIGINAL POST BELOW:

Tyendinaga Police and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began an active manhunt for an armed suspect just before noon on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.

According to Tyendinaga Police, the suspect, David Bolton, was on a grey ATV in “an impaired condition,” and armed with two firearms, one of which was believed to be a handgun. The Tyendinaga Police are urging anyone who sees Bolton to contact 911 immediately.

Police said that the suspect was seen in the area of Huron Brant Drive and Lakeshore Road in Tyendinaga. He was then reportedly seen on Highway 49. As of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, Highway 49 at Highway 2 had been closed as part of the ongoing search efforts.

The investigation is currently ongoing.

Deseronto Public School was put on lock down as a result, and then closed early for the day, only allowing students to leave the school with their parents or guardians.

According to the Tyendinaga Police Service just after 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, an extensive search of the area did not located Bolton.

“Any threat to the community had diminished as each zone was cleared. A warrant for his arrest is sought for domestic-related charges. We thank the community for the tips we received as well as the patience of the schools and staff,” Tyendinaga Police said on social media. Police indicated Bolton runs the Watersedge Dispensary in Deseronto.

“If he is seen, please call police. In the meantime, we will continue to check possible locations as we advance the investigation.”

With files from Cris Vilela.

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