Update - Man Arrested - Explosive Device - 19th Street And 3rd Avenue

The Saskatoon Police Service has arrested and charged Rodney James M. Wilkie, DOB June 28, 1972, of Saskatoon, in connection with the explosion which occurred outside Saskatoon Provincial Court on March 29, 2017.

Rodney Wilkie has appeared before the court this morning facing a number of charges including; intent to cause an explosion to cause serious bodily harm or death or property damage (s.81 (1)(a) cc), recklessly cause damage by explosion (s.434 cc), mischief (s. 430 (3) cc), threats to cause damage (s. 264.1 (1) (b) cc), and obstruct justice x2 (s. 139 (2) cc).

The arrest comes following an aggressive investigation by members from many areas of the SPS including; the General Investigation Section, Explosives Disposal Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Saskatoon Integrated Drug Enforcement Street Team, the Break and Enter Unit, and Patrol.

Search warrants were executed at two residences over the weekend, in the 1800 block of Kilburn Avenue and the 3800 block of Fairlight Drive. A vehicle was also searched.

Although the investigation is continuing it is not believed that there is ongoing threat to public safety.

The Saskatoon Police Service is continuing to investigate an incident in which a device exploded just after 11:00 p.m, March 29, 2017, in front of provincial court building at 19th Street and 3rd Avenue.

The initial investigation located an improvised device.  It is important to note however, that Improvised Explosive Device is a technical term for a homemade explosive and, in this case, made from readily accessible materials.  The public normally hears of improvised devices in situations at an international level.  Although this device falls under the definition it would be considered at the low end of the spectrum. 

The SPS is working with the courts and has increased it's police presence at court facilities in an effort to address concerns regarding public safety.  We want to encourage the public to be aware but not afraid.  We would like them to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the SPS at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.  

Updates will be provided when further information becomes available.

(Occurrence Number: 17-29605)