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Trail man charged with laundry list of charges after multiple blazes and life-threatening assault

Multiple charges have been laid against a 25-year-old Trail man, following the investigation into several criminal incidents which include the assault of an elderly man.

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 5:03 a.m., the Trail RCMP received a report of a man down in the middle of Bay Avenue near Hwy 3B in downtown Trail. Police arrived on scene to find an unconscious 78-year-old male, laying in the road, bleeding from the head. The male was transported to hospital by EHS, in serious condition.

Trail RCMP eventually located and arrested 25-year-old Joel Aaron Thomas Anderson of Trail on Aug. 22 for numerous offences including Arson, Assault, Causing Bodily Harm, Uttering Threats and Break and Enter. Since the initial arrest, police continued to pursue their findings in several files and have subsequently forwarded sufficient evidence to see the laying of numerous charges against Anderson.

“The Shavers Bench arson is a part of it,” said Trail Acting RCMP Sgt. Devon Reid. “He’s a person of interest in the Gulch arson, as well.

“The offences all happened within a week,” Reid said, adding the original offences happened within 24 hours.

Anderson was known to police prior to these events.

“There are potentially more charges coming – he’s a person of interest in other investigations, and we expect to see more charges in the future.”

A total of 12 charges have been laid to date and Anderson he has been remanded in custody for court in Nelson on Sept 25, 2017.

The current charges are:

  • Utter Threats, 264.1(1)(a) CC
  • Utter Threats, 264.1(1)(a) CC
  • Assault P.O, 270(1) CC
  • Assault P.O, 270(1) CC
  • Utter Threats, 264.1(1)(a) CC
  • Obstruction, 129(a) CC
  • Utter Threats, 264.1(1)(a) CC
  • Assault CBH, 267(b) CC
  • Utter Threats, 264.1(1)(a) CC
  • Arson to Property, 434 CC
  • B&E, 348(1)(a) CC
  • Breach of Peace Bond, 810 CC

RCMP Investigators are continuing on with other investigations allegedly involving Anderson and anticipate further charges being laid.