Battleford RCMP charge one man in Poundmaker First Nation assault

Battleford RCMP has arrested and charged one man with an assault that happened on Sunday and was captured on camera.

RCMP were dispatched on Sunday at 6:50 p.m. to the 0-100 block of 17th Street East in Battleford.  An initial investigation determined that a man was approached by three men he did not know. One of the three men assaulted him, with all three leaving the area before officers arrived. The victim received medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries.

The arrest and charges come after a video of the assault was posted online by Eleanore Sunchild, who owns the property where the assault occurred.

Colby Tootoosis, the victim of the assault, was unhooking a tractor-trailer when he was approached by three men who verbally confronted him and then grabbed him by his braids, pulled him to the ground and struck him in the face.

As a result of continued investigation, Adam Lesmeister, 46, of Battleford, was arrested the evening of July 19 and was charged with one count, assault.

He will appear in North Battleford Provincial Court on August 22.

RCMP noted that the investigation is ongoing.

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