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Orillia man charged with arson following early morning crime spree

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A 50-year-old man has been charged with arson and a slew of other offences following an early morning crime spree in Orillia, Ont., on Saturday, OPP say.

Officers say they were initially notified that a man on a motorcycle had smashed apartment and truck windows at a Nottawasaga Street address before fleeing the scene.

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A short time later, police say, the same man was reported to be refusing to leave a Mississaga Street address.

Officers say they arrived and tried to arrest the man, but he resisted, before he was subsequently subdued and handcuffed.

The man had a large knife, police say, and officers determined the motorcycle he was driving was stolen.

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According to OPP, the man also set fire to an address on Regent Street Saturday morning. The fire was investigated by the Ontario Fire Marshal.

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Police say the man was charged with:

  • Arson
  • Two counts of drunk driving
  • Possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Assault
  • Unlawfully being in a home
  • Obstructing a peace officer
  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Theft under $5,000

The accused was held for a bail hearing and will appear in court next on Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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