Niagara Police update yesterday’s ‘hostage situation’ in downtown St. Catharines

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Published October 28, 2021 at 11:40 am

The Niagara Police have updated the potential hostage situation that saw several streets in downtown St. Catharines blocked off from the public.

In the end, it turned out to be just a dispute, not a hostage situation.

Yesterday (October 27) at 10:30 am, Niagara Police locked down James Street and Raymond Street in downtown St. Catharines, getting residents to evacuate a multi-unit residential apartment.

And they didn’t come alone, bringing in their Service Emergency Task Unit, Canine Unit, and Crisis Negotiators.

After an hour or so, Niagara Police reported, “Officers were able to communicate with the persons within the suspect unit and the persons exited peacefully. Further investigation determined that there was no hostage situation or threat to the public.”

They then opened the area back up to the public just past noon.

However, they are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (905) 688-4111 extension 1024233 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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