SASKATOON - Travis Patron continues to be held in custody in Saskatoon due to alleged incidents in that city this summer.
Patron hails from Redvers but has been reportedly residing in Saskatoon. He has been in custody since he was arrested Aug. 2. Patron is charged with two counts each of impersonating a peace officer and criminal harassment, and three counts of failing to comply with court-ordered conditions.
He was back in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Tuesday. Patron was remanded into custody and will make his next court appearance on Sept. 8.
One incident is alleged to have occurred on July 29. Saskatoon police were called to a hotel in the 600-block of Spadina Cres. about a disturbance involving a man impersonating a peace officer.
Police say Patron approached a woman and her child, identified himself as a police officer, and accused her of abduction. The woman went into the hotel with her child to get help and Patron allegedly followed her inside and caused a disturbance. Bystanders intervened and Patron fled on foot, according to Saskatoon police.
The second incident was on Aug. 1 in the 70-block of Campus Drive at the University of Saskatchewan. Police say they got a call that a man identified himself as a peace officer and offered to escort a woman on campus. The woman declined and the man left.
The U of S released Patron’s photo and warned staff and students that he wasn’t to be on university property.
Police obtained video evidence and identified Patron as the suspect in both incidents.
He has also been charged with chasing a man at a mall in Saskatoon in July.
A ban on publicizing the complainants' names in the case against Patron has been issued. Judge Bruce Bauer granted Crown prosecutor Tom O’Hara’s request in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Aug. 25.
Facing his new charges, he has refused to speak in court even when asked direct questions by the judge.
In October 2022, Patron was convicted by a jury in Estevan Court of King's Bench of hate speech against an identifiable group, which was Jewish people. Last year he was also convicted on two counts of assault causing bodily harm against two women in late 2019, and sentenced to 18 msonths.
Patron ran in the Souris-Moose Mountain constituency in the 2019 federal election, finishing sixth. The Canadian Nationalist Party has since been de-registered.
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