St. Catharines man wanted for attempted murder

The Niagara Regional Police Service is seeking a suspect for an attempted murder in St. Catharines. Photos of the suspect and the vehicle used by the suspect to flee the scene were released by the police.

On March 17, 2017, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to a report of an assault at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) located at 211 Martindale Road in St. Catharines. One District St. Catharines uniform officers arrived on scene with Niagara Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) and St. Catharines Fire Services.

The investigation by NRPS detectives has learned that 43-year-old Justin Kuijer of St. Catharines entered the bank and stabbed a female employee. Kuijer then fled the scene in a 2009 Pontiac Montana van, grey in colour (Ontario Licence BYTE392).

The victim was transported from the scene by NEMS to a local hospital. She is in serious condition.

The RBC and an area of the parking lot were closed while detectives investigated. The scene has been processed by detectives from the NRPS Forensic Services Unit. The bank remains closed.

Justin Kuijer is wanted by the NRPS for the alleged offence of attempted murder.

At the time of the incident Kuijer was wearing:

  • Black toque
  • Brown leather waist length coat
  • Dark pants
  • Orange hoodie
  • Boots

A second scene is being held in relation to this incident on Queenston Street in St. Catharines.

Kuijer should be considered armed and dangerous. His current location is unknown.

It is believed the victim was targeted by Kuijer.

During the course of the investigation the Emergency Department at the St. Catharines site of the Niagara Health System instituted precautionary security measures. Service at the Emergency Department has not been interrupted and it remains open as usual.

This investigation remains ongoing by detectives. Anyone with information as to the location of Kuijer or the Pontiac van is asked to call 911.

Source – Niagara Regional Police Service press release

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