St. Catharines minors charged for car theft and stabbing crime a month apart


Published August 23, 2022 at 3:42 pm

Niagara Police have charged two St. Catharines minors with two different crimes a month apart.

In July, the police were called to a parking lot in the Welland Avenue and Bunting Road area of the city. The victim had been sitting in his parked Nissan Rogue when a suspect came over, pointed a gun at him and demanded the car.

The suspect took off in it, picking up a second suspect nearby. The car was found abandoned not long after this incident and the victim was not injured during the theft.

Fast-forward to August 17 where a stabbing took place in Pearson Park on St. Catharines’ Niagara Street.  The adult male victim was stabbed, suffering serious injuries. Police discovered the suspects and victim knew each other. The victim has now been released from hospital.

Police now believe that the same two male suspects were responsible for both incidents and on August 19, arrested the two minors.

A 17-year-old male from St. Catharines has been charged with armed robbery, pointing a firearm, robbery with a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, theft of a motor vehicle, use of a firearm during an offence and careless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition.

In the second crime, he was charged for aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

A 16-year-old male from St. Catharines has been charged with robbery with a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and in the second crime, for aggravated assault.

The two youths were held in custody, attended a video bail hearing on August 20 and then remained in custody to reappear via video link today (August 23) at the courthouse in St. Catharines.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act of Canada prohibits the police from releasing the identity of the youths charged in these incidents.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, extension 1008916.

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