Photo: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Joshua Toth, pictured above – RCMP Photo
UPDATE Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP detachment says police saw a considerable increase in the number of violent crimes during the spring and summer of 2010. However, with some of the arrests made in relation to the case, Perret says police have seen a decrease in the number of violent crimes being committed.
As well, he says police believe Joshua Toth is resisting arrest since they have been searching for him for the past few weeks. However, he adds that they do believe Toth is still in the Fort St. John area.
It took nearly four months of police investigation, but 200 charges have now been laid against five Fort St. John men in connection with last summer’s Beatton River group assault incident.
It occurred in the early morning hours of July 25 at a popular drinking party location off the 103 road and the RCMP say numerous people suffered serious injuries as a result of being struck by weapons.
Jordan "Billy" Ramos, Jordan Reno, Jeremy Jondreau, Calvin Gunning and Joshua Toth are each charged with 40 criminal code offences.
They include numerous assault and weapons charges, including pointing a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
The five are also charged with uttering threats and mischief in connection with the incident, which involved a large group of teens and young adults, who started a camping and drinking party the previous night.
Police believe one person involved in the party left the site, but then returned with a group of armed friends.
Ramos, Reno and Jondreau remain in custody awaiting trial, and Gunning is out on bail pending his next court appearance.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Toth.
Anyone with information in regards to his whereabouts is asked to contact Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
A sixth suspect has had charges against him dropped, after a crown decision of insufficient evidence.