Robbery and forcible confinement charges dropped after Sarnia men accept peace bonds

Sarnia police said two men were wanted on serious charges related to a robbery and allegations of forcible confinement dropped charges against them on Tuesday after they agreed to peace bonds.

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Sarnia police said two men were wanted on serious charges related to a robbery and allegations of forcible confinement dropped charges against them on Tuesday after they agreed to peace bonds.

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The alleged incident took place on June 13 at a London Line motel. The suspects took the complainant to a room and demanded payment before threatening and assaulting him, police said at the time.

The complainant was reportedly taken to another location against his will, where he was held for some time, police said. He was finally able to escape and get help.

Two Sarnia residents, Brennan Lee Erdodi, 35, and Michael James Coolman, 42, were both wanted on outstanding warrants for robbery with a weapon, assault by forcible confinement and threats of death or bodily harm, police said . at the time. Coolman was also facing two additional charges for breaching a bail order, police said. Police also warned the public not to approach the suspects.

Brennan Lee Erdodi.  (Sarnia Police)
Brennan Lee Erdodi. (Sarnia Police) Provided

But the charges were dropped on Tuesday after the couple agreed, on Zoom from two different prisons in southwestern Ontario, to enter peace bonds.

A peace bond is a protective order made by a court under section 810 of the Criminal Code, according to the Department of Justice website. They are used when a defendant appears to have committed a criminal offense, but there is no reasonable ground to believe that an offense has actually been committed, the site says.

Assistant Crown Attorney Aniko Coughlan told Judge Mark Hornblower that the case was going to trial, but that plan recently changed.

“The Crown has received updated information from the complainant as well as the officer who led us to this … resolution today,” she said.

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Michael James Coolman.  (Sarnia Police)
Michael James Coolman. (Sarnia Police) Provided

London criminal defense barrister Antin Jaremchuk represented Coolman, who appeared virtually from Elgin-Middlesex detention centre.

“On behalf of Mr. Coolman, we agree with this resolution,” he said.

“He also agrees to complete this resolution,” said local criminal defense attorney Sarah Donohue on behalf of Erdodi, who is being held at the Sarnia jail.

Their one-year bonds include a pledge of $500, but the duo won’t have to pay that money unless they’re caught breaking the rules. For the next 12 months, Coolman and Erdodi must not be within 10 meters of the plaintiff, go to where they live, work or go to school, or possess weapons.

But neither man was released on Tuesday as Jaremchuk said Coolman was still serving another sentence while Donohue said Erdodi still had outstanding charges and needed to seek bail.

Erdodi was sentenced to consecutive prison terms in early 2017, including 120 days for assault causing bodily harm.

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Garland K. Long