Hate crime charges filed against Oshawa man arrested near Timmins

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Published May 28, 2024 at 11:12 am

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Hate crime charges have been filed against an Oshawa man arrested on weapons charges out by Timmins late last year.

The OPP South Porcupine Detachment raided a home in Westree, an unincorporated community about 160 kilometres south of Timmins, on Nov. 1. Westree is about 635 kilometres northwest of Oshawa.

The Emergency Response Team, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, Canine Unit, Critical Incident Command, Crisis Negotiators, OPP Aviation, and the Hate Crime Extremism Unit of the Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau also assisted.

Lonnie Totman, 58 of Oshawa, was arrested during the raid and charged with;

  • four counts of careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, and
  • three counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm

Following a months long investigation, Totman was additionally charged with two hate crimes on April 29. These include;

  • willful promotion of hatred, and
  • advocating genocide

The OPP did not disclose what led to the additional charges or what group Totman allegedly targeted. Totman will next appear in court on May 28.

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