A 24-year-old Toronto man is facing charges after he was found trespassing at Collins Bay Penitentiary and tracked by Kingston Police and Correctional Service of Canada staff to a marsh area on the property, a day after a package drop was attempted over the institution’s walls.

First beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. on April 1, 2020 a male dressed in black was seen throwing a package over the wall of the penitentiary located on Bath Rd, and then fled south from the area towards Front Rd. CSC staff observed this, were able to retrieve the package and Kingston Police were called. A canine track was attempted but the suspect wasn’t located at the time.  

The following evening at approximately 9:30 p.m. on April 2 the accused, also dressed in black, was observed by CSC staff approaching the southeast corner of the penitentiary. The male was called-out by staff and initially complied with their directions, but then fled when they began to approach him. Kingston Police were called and quickly attended on scene, including members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) who had a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) scope at their disposal to assist in attempting to locate the suspect in the dark.  

Entering from Front Rd Kingston Police officers were able to join with CSC staff and the accused was located while trying to hide in a marshy area of the institution property. He was arrested and transported to the police station to attend a bail hearing the following day. He is facing a Criminal Code charge of Mischief under $5,000 by interfering with the lawful operation of the institution, and an additional charge of Trespassing on Penitentiary Property as per the Correctional and Conditional Release Act. He was held overnight to attend a bail hearing the following day. The Joint Forces Penitentiary Squad including the Ontario Provincial Police and Kingston Police, working in conjunction with CSC, will continue to investigate the package intercepts.