May 26th, 2024

Bail hearing adjourned for man accused of hotel robbery

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on April 16, 2024.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A suspect who is accused of robbing a man and woman at a hotel late last year will have to wait nearly a month before asking a judge to grant him bail.
Marvin Blake Weasel Head had anticipated having a bail hearing Monday in Lethbridge court of justice, but instead his lawyer requested an adjournment to allow her more time to prepare.
“He, sir, is in a situation where the Crown is opposed to his release and, frankly, there is a lot of material for me to review and I’d like to do more preparation if a bail hearing is contemplated,” Lethbridge lawyer Ingrid Hess told the judge.
The judge granted the adjournment, and the matter returns to court, ostensibly for the bail hearing, on May 9.
Weasel Head, whose bail hearing was adjourned last week, as well, so his lawyer could review a significant amount of disclosure, is charged with housebreaking to commit robbery, use of an imitation firearm to commit an offence, sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, assault with a weapon, disguised while committing an offence, extortion and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.
The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 30 of last year when a man and woman were robbed at gunpoint in a hotel room.
Police reported several masked men forced their way into the hotel room, demanded money and tied up their victims. An undisclosed amount of money was e-transferred from the male victim before he was forced into a cab and taken to a nearby bank. Police said the suspects assaulted both victims and stole some of their property before fleeing.
Fabian Leon Chief Body-Beebe of the Blood Reserve, Deaken Daychief and Adam Eric Sebok of Lethbridge, and Charles William Good Striker of Calgary were also similarly charged. Daychief previously elected to be tried by a Court of King’s Bench judge and jury, and is expected to have a preliminary hearing. Good Striker pleaded guilty last month to a single charge of housebreaking to commit robbery and was sentenced to four years in prison.
During Good Striker’s sentencing hearing a month ago, court was told the victims were living in the Super Lodge motel on Mayor Magrath and 7 Street South and heard a knock on the door. When the man answered the door Good Striker and two other masked men burst in and demanded money.
Two of the men were armed with handguns, later identified as bb guns, and tied the victims with rope and duct tape, and demanded the man’s cell phone password. The man was also punched in the face and burned on the back of his head with a clothes iron, and his assailants threatened to break his big toe and harm the woman.
The man gave his information to the intruders, and Goodstriker or one of the other men made e-transfers on the phone. When they reached the limit permitted by the bank, they forced their victim to call the bank to increase the limit. When they reached the new limit, one of the intruders forced the victim to accompany him to the bank to withdraw more money from the ATM, but additional withdrawals were declined.

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