St. Catharines man charged with attempted murder

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Published July 5, 2021 at 11:35 pm

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A man who was arrested after a standoff with police on the Garden City Skyway bridge that lasted several hours has been charged with attempted murder.

The charges are in connection with the stabbing of a young woman on Sunday evening (July 4) that Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) says was a targeted attack. The NRPS is asking for assistance from members of the public who may have witnessed who may have witnessed the incident in the area of Jubilee Drive and Redhaven Crescent in Niagara Falls.

Police officers responded to a call received around 6:10 p.m. in that area of the city. They, along with Niagara Emergency Medical Service paramedics, found a woman in her 20s suffering from a serious stab wound. The victim eventually required an Ornge Air Ambulance airlift to an out-of-region hospital in order for her injuries to be treated.

A male suspect was witnessed fleeing from the scene in a red Kia.  The man was later involved in a crash at the top of the Garden City Skyway. After he got out of his car, he was involved in a standoff with the responding officers. Both lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way highway were closed as the attending officers, and later NRPS crisis negotiators, spoke with the man.

An arrest was made at 2 a.m. early Monday (July 5). The man was taken to hospital for injuries that police say he suffered prior to NRPS involvement.

Aaron Acton, 37, of  St. Catharines has been charged with attempted murder and criminal harassment. He has been held for a video bail hearing in a St. Catharines court.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident in the area of Jubilee Drive and Redhaven Crescent is being asked to contact 905-688-4111, ext. 1022200. Information pertaining to an NRPS investigation can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers Niagara (1-800-222-TIPS, or online at crimestoppersniagara.ca).

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