5 suffer from knife related injuries in downtown St. Catharines


Published September 10, 2022 at 5:11 pm

A large fight broke out in downtown St. Catharines early this morning (Sept. 10) with at least five people suffering from knife related injuries.

Niagara Regional Police responded to an area of St. Paul Street between James St. and Queen St. after receiving reports of a large fight and multiple stabbings.

Police say officers discovered a “chaotic scene” upon arrival.

With the assistance of paramedics from Niagara EMS, officers located at least five people suffering from superficial to serious injuries. Three men suffered from more serious stab wounds and were taken to hospital. All three have since been released.

Members of the 1 District detective office have been investigating this incident with an increased police presence in the area.

Police initially arrested four people as a result of their investigation but two were released without charge.

27-year-old Rohan Errol Chandler of St. Catharines has been charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, three counts of possession of a schedule 1 substance, and fail to comply with probation.

Chandler is being held in custody pending a video bail hearing on Sept. 11 at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton.

54-year-old Victor Guy Clayton of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been charged with the criminal offence of assault. Clayton was released from custody on a Form 10 Undertaking with a future court date.

The investigation remains on going but police do not believe any suspects remain outstanding. The people who have been charged were known to the victims.

Residents and businesses in the area with cell phone footage, security cameras, doorbell video cameras, or dash cameras are asked to review their footage for activity related to this incident for the period between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009482.

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