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Local man arrested for robbery, pointing a gun

A negotiator began to speak to accused, and at approximately 5:30pm, the accused exited the residence and surrendered himself to police
Police were at the scene with guns drawn

A 39-year-old North Bay man is in custody for robbery and pointing a firearm after an incident on Cassells St. yesterday afternoon.

It started around 3:20 p.m, when officers were called to 1189 Cassells St. after a report that a man had pointed a handgun at another man, while demanding information.

Police say when the victim fled the scene to call police, the gunman entered a nearby apartment building. 

See: Man arrested. (Possible gunman holed up at corner of Cassells and King)

Officers surrounded the building and the Emergency Response Team was called. Residents of the building were evacuated safely, and police were able to determine the identity of the accused. 

A negotiator was brought in and at approximately 5:30 p.m, a man left the building and surrendered. No injuries were sustained during the incident. 

A handgun was recovered at the scene, and it was determined to be a pellet gun. The Criminal Investigations Section of the North Bay Police Service is continuing to investigate the incident.

The man is currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

Donald Bellairee is charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Two counts of failing to comply with a probation order

The public is reminded that if an imitation firearm is used in an offence, police will treat it as though it was a real firearm, and in court, the consequences can be the same.