Brampton man charged with human trafficking and kidnapping in Thunder Bay

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Published January 27, 2022 at 2:20 pm

A Brampton man is facing down more than a dozen charges including human trafficking, kidnapping and sexual assault after a traffic stop in Thunder Bay.

Just before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, police say officers from the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) were in the area of Gordon Street and James Street to check for a vehicle connected to an ongoing human trafficking investigation.


Officers located the vehicle in an area near the Harbour Expressway and Balmoral Street and pulled the driver over for a traffic stop.

Police say one of the passengers was a suspect connected to the investigation and officers found a loaded handgun in the vehicle.

The male suspect was arrested and transported to the TBPS headquarters, and said the man is also connected with an ongoing criminal investigation in the GTA area. 

Three other occupants in the vehicle were also arrested, including a second person from Brampton, and police say they located a quantity of suspected Fentanyl during the investigation.

Isaiah Bachoo, 20, of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Trafficking in Person
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Assault
  • Assault with a Weapon Causing Bodily Harm
  • Uttering Threats – Death or Bodily Harm
  • Mischief Under $5,000
  • Procuring
  • Assault
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Careless Transportation of a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm without a Licence
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
  • Possession of Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling

Shamar Christopher Myers, 28, of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Careless Transportation of a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm without a Licence
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
  • Possession of a Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking

Gordon Robert Gravelle, 50, of Thunder Bay has been charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Careless Transportation of a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm without a Licence
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
  • Possession of a Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

Alex Gubrial Michael Keng, 18, of Kitchener has been charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Careless Transportation of a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm without a Licence
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
  • Possession of a Firearm with Knowledge its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

The accused appeared in bail court on Tuesday. Myers and Keng were remanded into custody with future appearance dates, while Gravelle is expected to be released with conditions and a future appearance date.

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