2 arrested, drugs, replica firearm seized following trailer fire, police pursuit in Marmora: OPP

Two men face charges including arson and possessing a firearm following an incident in Marmora. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Two men face multiple charges following a trailer fire in Marmora and subsequent police pursuit early Sunday.

According to Centre Hastings OPP, around 1 a.m., officers were called to the village of Marmora after a complainant reported that they were threatened by two men brandishing a firearm.

The suspects were residing in a trailer on the complainant’s property. Marmora is about 55 kilometres east of Peterborough.

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OPP allege the suspects set the trailer on fire and fled the area in a vehicle before officers arrived.

OPP officers from Peterborough County and Quint West detachments were notified and a spike belt was used to disable the suspect vehicle travelling west on Hwy. 7 near Norwood, about 28 kilometres from Marmora. The two suspects were arrested without incident, OPP said.

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Michael Stamatakos, 29, of North York, Ont., and Alex Silk, 25, of Southgate Township, Ont., were both charged with:

  • possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • arson — damage to property
  • possession of a firearm of ammunition contrary to prohibition order
  • possession of Schedule I substance — methamphetamine
  • possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling
  • participation in criminal organization
  • conspiracy to commit an indictable offence (two counts for Stamatakos, one for Silk)

Stamatakos was additionally charged with flight from a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and uttering threats to damage property.

They were held in custody and made a court appearance in Belleville on Sunday, OPP said Monday.

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