Broadcast Time: 3pm Date: 24Jul23
*UPDATE* to original release, 22Jul23 11:20am.
Sarnia Police officers continue to investigate a violent home invasion that occurred in the area of Earlscourt Drive and Exmouth Street in the city of Sarnia.
Investigation revealed that the 81-year-old victim in this matter sustained multiple edged weapon lacerations to his head and defensive wounds to his hands. These injuries resulted in approx. 100 stitches and a skull fracture. Despite the severity of his injuries, he has been treated medically and is now recovering at home with family. Police do not believe that the victim was known to the suspect, nor was the victim specifically targeted. Information has been obtained that the same suspect may have attempted to commit other crimes of opportunity including trying to gain access garages/houses that same evening/early morning. The property stolen from the victim’s residence include perishable food items and other small items.
Residents in that area are being asked to review any security camera activity for the evening of July 22 between the hours of midnight and 3am.
Chief Derek Davis states, “The level of violence inflicted on this unsuspecting and vulnerable victim is deeply upsetting. I am also concerned about the randomness of this attack and the public safety risks inherent with that. The SPS has dedicated all available investigative and patrol resources to this investigation and we hope to bring this to a swift conclusion. Until this suspect is in custody, area residents are asked to ensure their properties are secured and to remain vigilant within their neighbourhood. Any suspicions observations or information pertaining to this matter should be reported to police immediately.”
The SPS investigators have released a video of a person of interest in this investigation, which is available to view on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sarniapolice) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SarniaPolice).
This individual is not a suspect in this matter at this time, but police are interested in speaking with him. If you recognize this male, please contact Sarnia Police at the number below or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you wish to remain anonymous/
Detective Sergeant Johann Lewis
Criminal Investigation Division
Tel: 519-344-8861, extension 5300