A Groom Jilted

By Rich Kwon

(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – In January, Chatham-Kent Police were contacted regarding several mischief complaints.

It was learned that a Chatham woman had met a man from Texas while on vacation in 2011. The two remained in contact and a relationship developed over time, resulting in a marriage proposal in April last year.

Eventually the relationship broke down and the wedding was called off in late 2014.

The man demanded the engagement ring back and provided a deadline in early January, 2015. The ring was not returned and, as a result, on the morning of January 21, the former bride-to-be, and several females scheduled to be in her bridal party, woke up to their vehicles being spray painted with derogatory phrases and with substances poured into their fuel tanks.

Through several weeks of investigation, including contact with Canada Border Services Agency, it was learned that the former groom-to-be, had rented a vehicle and crossed the border at the Ambassador Bridge, in the early morning hours of January 21.

He was suspected to have attended the woman’s residence with spray paint and an unknown substance; spray painting obscene phrases on the vehicles and damaging some internally by pouring the substance into the fuel tanks. The male crossed back over the Ambassador Bridge approximately 4.5 hours after initially entering the country.

A warrant was eventually sought for his arrest.

On July 9, the 34 year-old Texas man turned himself in at Chatham-Kent Police Headquarters on the outstanding warrants. He was charged with six counts of Mischief over $5,000 and two counts of Mischief under $5,000, and held for a bail hearing.

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About the Author

Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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