01/16/2012 07:20 EST | Updated 03/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Man seeking place in Barrie, Ont., homeless shelter gets jail cell in Toronto

BARRIE, Ont. - Police in Barrie, Ont., say they were able to help a man get shelter on a frigid night — but it wasn't the kind of shelter he expected.

Police say a 60-year-old man called them on Sunday night seeking help getting into a Barrie-area shelter.

Officers did some checking and discovered he was wanted by Toronto police on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Toronto police were notified and picked him up from the Barrie police station.

The man is facing three assault charges and a count of threatening to cause injury to animals.