Broadcast Time: 12:38 pm Date: January 27, 2024
On Friday, January 26, 2024 at approximately 7:20 pm the Sarnia Police Service was called to attend Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Sarnia in reference to a domestic dispute that had occurred in the 1100 block of Tashmoo Avenue. A female victim had been assaulted, threatened with weapons and forcibly confined.
Sarnia Police patrol officers spoke with the victim at a different location, as she was able to flee from the Tashmoo Avenue residence.
Upon speaking with the victim, police discovered that there had been a heated argument between the victim and the father of her infant child. A subsequent physical altercation occurred where the victim sustained minor injuries. The victim was also forcibly confined by the male and threatened with violence. The infant was at the residence where the incident occurred and remained with the father while the victim fled the residence.
As a result of the information received, Sarnia Police patrol officers and members of the Emergency Response Team descended upon the target residence to conduct exigent emergency operations in regards to a “child in need of protection” and allegations of threats with weapons.
While on scene, police became alerted to the possible existence of a weapon in the possession of a male at the residence. Three males were arrested on scene and transported to the Sarnia Police Service. The child was located in the residence, determined to be unharmed and subsequent care was arranged.
Two of the arrested males were later released unconditionally and one male was charged with multiple serious criminal offences.
A 22 year old male from Sarnia – Aamjiwnaang First Nation was charged with the following criminal offences:
- Assault x 3
- Assault with a Weapon x 2
- Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Possession of Weapon
- Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm x 3
- Forcible Confinement
- Fail to Comply with a Judicial Release Order x 7
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
The accused was held for a bail hearing.
As this incident was the result of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), the identity of the accused party will not be released in order to protect the identity of the victim and her child.
“Intimate Partner Violence” involves persons who are currently or have formerly been in an intimate relationship with another person where one person (or both) attempt to assert power and control over their partner.
Intimate Partner Violence can take many forms such as:
- Physical violence
- Sexual Violence
- Emotional and psychological abuse
- Financial Abuse
For those who have fallen victim to this sort of relationship violence, there are many resources to assist you such as:
- Assaulted Women’s Help Line @ Toll Free: 1-866-863-0511
- Ontario Help Line @ 2-1-1
- Provincial resources @ https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-help-if-you-are-experiencing-violence
- Sarnia Police Service (or the police service in your jurisdiction) @ 519-344-8861 or 9-1-1 for emergencies
- The Sarnia Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton @ 519-337-3154
- Bluewater Health Domestic Violence Unit @ 519-464-4400
- Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton @ 519-344-8861
- Women’s Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton Inc. @ 519-336-5200
The Sarnia Police Service is committed to the protection of victims of Intimate Partner Violence however community safety and well-being is a collective responsibility of all us.
If you are a victim of Intimate Partner Violence or know of someone who may be a victim, please contact one of the listed resource partners for help. We are all in this together!
Inspector Leo Murphy
Criminal Investigation Division
Sarnia Police Service
Tel: 519-344-8861, extension XXXX