The two suspects in yesterday's closure of the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel are facing multiple charges, and are expected to appear in court this afternoon.
Windsor Police continue to investigate the incident, where a vehicle from Michigan bound for Windsor was found to contain a suspicious device.
Two Michigan residents, in a 2004 Dodge Durango, entered Canada at around 5 pm January 20, and their vehicle was sent for a secondary inspection by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers. During the search, a bag containing a suspicious device was located. The tunnel was closed, and the CBSA plaza was evacuated. The Windsor Police Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) attended the scene and deployed a robot investigate the package.
Windsor Police confirmed Wednesday that the device was an unmarked, commercial grade smoke bomb. Several weapons were also discovered in the vehicle, including two butterfly knives and a set of brass knuckles.
Kyle Martens, 29, from Clarkston, Michigan, is charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and Importing a Prohibited Weapon into Canada.
Ernest Edwards, 18, from Alba, Michigan, is charged with three counts of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and three counts of Importing a Prohibited Weapon into Canada.
The charges are in relation to the two butterfly knives and a pair of brass knuckles that were found in the vehicle. No charges are expected in relation to the smoke bomb, which is not classified as an explosive. The device has been deemed to be a commercial grade smoke bomb, which is classified as a firework.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at www.catchcrooks.com, or submit a tip on Facebook.
- This story was updated on January 22 to identify the accused, to properly assign the charges to the correct accused, and to clarify that no there would be no charges in relation to the smoke bomb.