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SPS Arrest Armed Offender


Broadcast Time:    6:40pm                        Date: March 13th, 2024

On the 13th of March 2024, the Sarnia Police became aware that Zoltan ZOLDI was subject to an outstanding arrest warrant for a breach of a release order. Officers initiated an investigation and were able to locate him at a London Line motel.


Acutely aware of the elevated risks posed by this individual, SPS Emergency Response Team members were dispatched to the location. The accused was confronted by ERT officers and quickly taken into custody without incident at 9:28am. Upon arrest, officers discovered that ZOLDI was armed with a concealed loaded handgun and wearing body armour. He was also in possession of $1740 in cash and significant quantities of illegal drugs. These drugs, with an estimated street value of $34,000, included: Fentanyl: 153.11 grams, Crystal Methamphetamine: 81.75 grams, Cocaine: 47.32 grams


At the time of the arrest ZOLDI was bound by a Probation Order and a Recognizance of Bail with house arrest conditions (to be in Windsor). He was also subject to four (4) court ordered weapons prohibitions for previous firearms-related and violent offences.


Zoltan ZOLDI, 31 years of Windsor Ontario, has been charged with the following offences and held for bail:

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm with ammunition
  • Using a firearm in the commission of an offence
  • Possessing a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of a prohibited device
  • Fail to comply with a Prohibition Order contrary sec. 109(3) CCC x6
  • Fail to comply with a Prohibition Order contrary sec. 109(2)(b) x2
  • Fail to Comply with Probation X 2
  • Breach of Release Order
  • Possession for the Purpose of trafficking X 3


“The repeated presence of these weapons is deeply concerning and a serious threat to community safety in our city. These types of armed individuals represent extreme risk to our officers, who are continuously called upon to respond in uncertain circumstances, absent the benefits of hindsight. This incident reminds us of the modern requirements for Police Services to have specialized units, equipment, and other emergency resources readily available. Our ERT and investigative members did an exceptional job in safely bringing this individual into custody, without injury or loss of life.” – Sarnia Police Chief Derek Davis

Anyone with knowledge of crime in our community, including the illegal possession or use of firearms, are asked to contact Sarnia Police at 519-344-8861. Information can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 519-332-TIPS (8477) or online at: https://www.p3tips.com/



General Information on Bail Hearings
“Held for bail” means the police chose to not release an accused person back into the community. However, as the police cannot hold a person in custody for longer than 24 hours, we are required to send them to bail court, where they will have a bail hearing. There, the presiding judge or Justice of the Peace will decide on whether the person should be released into the community or not.


“Released on bail” means the police held them in custody, but a subsequent release decision by the courts was made.


The bail system provides a framework to oversee and put limits on police custody. It is governed by legislation including the Criminal Code of Canada.


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