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Man injured, suspect facing robbery, assault charges in Innisfil

Sunnybrae Public School placed in brief hold and secure Friday morning while police searched for suspect
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A man is facing numerous charges following an alleged assault and robbery Friday morning in Innisfil.

Shortly before 9 a.m., South Simcoe police were called to a report of an assault at a home in the area of Yonge and Victoria streets in Stroud. A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the suspect took several items from the home and left on foot. Sunnybrae Public School was placed in a hold and secure as a precaution while officers searched for the suspect.

The Simcoe County District School Board announced the security measure had been taken in a social-media post Jan. 19 at around 10 a.m. 

“Students and staff are safe,” the board said. “We will provide updates as they become available.”

In an email received by InnisfilToday about 20 minutes later, police spokesperson Sue Sgambati said the hold and secure had since been lifted.

Just before noon, Sgambati then confirmed in a followup email a suspect was arrested "without incident." 

Police made the arrest at a home in the area of Innisfil Beach Road and 20th Sideroad.

Tavvon Lodge, 28, of Innisfil, has been charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, break and enter, uttering threats to cause death, mischief under $5,000, breach of a prohibition order, and breach of a probation order.

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police believe this was an isolated incident.

Hold and secure is a response to a threat or incident in the general vicinity of a school, where the doors are locked and no one is allowed to enter or leave the building.

A similar decision was made in Bradford earlier this week, while South Simcoe officers looked into an incident where a woman was seriously injured outside an apartment complex in the area of Holland Street West and Harmony Circle. In that case, Bradford District High School was placed under hold and secure, in part, because emergency personnel needed an area to land an Ornge air ambulance.