One of the new plastic swings in Rideau Park was intentionally burned. Police say a 14-year-old Brandon boy has been charged with arson in connection with the incident.
A teen accused of a vandalism spree — slashing the tires of a dozen cars, setting fire to a boat and swing, and triggering a fire alarm that resulted in guests evacuating a hotel— has been released on bail.
The boy had already been released on the charges laid for the tire slashing, fires, and hotel incident, but was back in custody on an allegation that he breached his bail curfew and was then re-released.
"He’s got multiple, multiple allegations of mischief … the allegations are quite serious," Crown attorney Grant Hughes said during a bail hearing on Monday.
Hughes said 19 tires on 12 vehicles were slashed on Sept. 7 on the 900- to 1100-blocks of Third, Fourth and Sixth Streets. The total damage was $4,867.
A trailer tire was also slashed.
A 15-year-old boy was charged with mischief as a result.
The same boy is one of two people accused of setting fire to the tarp of a boat parked on the 500-block of Seventh Street on the evening of Sept. 8. The fire spread to the $3,000 boat, which was destroyed.
Hughes said that mere hours later, in the early morning of Sept. 9, the two suspects believed to have been involved in the boat fire were at the Canad Inns hotel.
It’s alleged they sprayed a fire extinguisher into a stairwell, which triggered the fire alarm and resulted in hotel guests being evacuated.
The teen said to be involved in the tire slashings, the boat fire and the hotel evacuation is also accused of setting a plastic swing on fire in Rideau Park on Sept. 7.
He was in custody on Monday for allegedly breaching his bail curfew on Sunday. Hughes further alleged that, at the time of arrest, the youth was found with 2.3 grams of marijuana in his pocket.
The above accusations haven’t been proven in court.
Judge Donovan Dvorak released the youth on bail again, but on a stricter curfew that effectively places the teen under house arrest except for school. The boy’s next court date was set for mid-November.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 8, 2013