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Police make arrest in St. Catharines restaurant patio assault

Suspect, 38, was being held for a bail hearing via video link
Niagara Regional Police Service file photo

Police say they have made an arrest in an assault that took place on a restaurant patio in St. Catharines earlier this summer.

Niagara Regional Police with the 1 District (St. Catharines / Thorold) criminal investigative branch said the assault took place July 10 at an establishment on St. Paul Street between James Street and Garden Park.

Earlier reports said the 60-year-old victim was punched repeatedly in the face and suffered serious injuries.

On Aug. 2, images of a suspect were released with an appeal for members of the public to assist with his identity. On Aug. 24, images of three potential witnesses were also released.

Police now say on Sept. 9 they made an arrest.

Craig Donald Clement, 38, of St. Catharines was arrested and charged with one count of assault cause bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Clement remained in police custody as of Sunday morning, Niagara Regional Police said. He was being held for a bail hearing scheduled to take place later today (Sept. 10) via video link to the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

Detectives thanked members of the public who provided information that assisted in the investigation.  

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the lead detective by dialing 905-688-4111, option 3, ext. 1009450.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.  Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.

None of the allegations have been tested in court and Clement is considered innocent unless proven guilty.