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Residents restrain and disarm masked man who stormed into house

Police are searching for a second suspect in connection with an early morning incident in St. Catharines
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On Sept. 16, 2022, 1 District – St Catharines / Thorold uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to a report of an armed person incident in St. Catharines.

Officers attended at a house on Forster Street near Scott Street where they located a male victim in his 20s suffering from a serious stab wound. The victim was treated on scene by Niagara Emergency Services paramedics and subsequently transported to an out-of-region hospital.

The initial investigation by officers has determined that at 1:20 a.m. two masked men were confronted by the homeowner in the driveway of a Forster Street house. One of the male suspects was armed with a long gun. The other suspect, armed with a knife forced their way into the house and became involved in a fight with one of the residents. That resident was stabbed once. The suspect in the house was restrained and disarmed by people in the house. He was held until the police arrived and was arrested.

A K9 Unit and officers from the NRPS Emergency Task Unit cleared the house and then searched the area for the suspect who was last seen running towards Scott Street. The suspect was not located.

Detectives from the 1 District detective office have been assigned. They are being assisted by detectives from the NRPS Forensic Services Unit.

Suspect No. 1 – armed with a long gun

  • Male, white
  • 20 – 25 years old
  • Approximately 5’6 feet tall
  • Athletic build
  • Wearing
    • Ski mask with just eye holes
    • Dark jacket with yellow reflectors on the shoulder
    • Dark jeans
    • Shoes similar to Nike Air Jordans
    • Latex gloves

This investigation is in it early stages and is ongoing. Detectives have reason to believe this was a targeted incident. More information about the male in custody will be released when he is charged.

Anyone with information about this incident or the identify of the unknown suspect is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009287.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can 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.