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Rybachuk released on bail after hotel damaged by chainsaw

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A man taken into custody last week after he allegedly used a chainsaw to damage the roof of the Chalet Hotel will be released this morning.

Defence counsel Paul Walsh left the Law Courts building just before 10 a.m., having signed documents to enable the release of Ray Rybachuk.

Rybachuk, 42, was taken into custody just before noon Thursday after a suspect climbed onto the roof of the Chalet Hotel just after 11 a.m., at Marion and Archibald, and used a chainsaw to damage the building.

A source told the Free Press that members of the Winnipeg police street crime unit converged on the hotel and took a suspect into custody.

Earlier in the week, it's alleged the same suspect destroyed all the toilets in the hotel's men's and and ladies' washrooms.

Rybachuk is charged with three counts of mischief for incidents March 11, July 16 and July 18; and two counts of uttering threats to damage or destroy property.

Total damage to the hotel is estimated at more than $50,000.

Rybachuk is part owner of the property but does not have an ownership stake in the hotel operation.

Walsh said Rybachuk was to be released on his own recognizance.

According to court documents, some of the conditions of his release include to not contact in person or any other way, the owner or staff of the Chalet Hotel or Teasers Burlesque Palace; to remain two city blocks from the hotel and bar and its adjacent parking lot; and not to attend within two city blocks of the home or childcare facility of the owner or her children.

Rybachuk's next scheduled court appearance is August 13.


Updated on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM CDT: Adds charges, bail conditions.

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