UPDATED: Police searching for suspect following St. Catharines incident of a noxious substance being sprayed in a building on St. Paul St., St. Catharines.
UPDATE 2 - Police searching for suspect following St. Catharines Incident
The accused, David Stout, has admitted in a statement to police that he sprayed "dog irritant" in an incident at 301 St. Paul Street in the City of St. Catharines on Tuesday March 27, 2018.
Samples from where the substance was sprayed were collected and are now being tested at the Centre of Forensic Sciences. to confirm that.
Stout of St. Catharines is being held in custody pending a bail hearing on Wednesday April 4, 2018 at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in the City of St. Catharines in regards to the charges related to 301 St. Paul Street.
Detectives with 1-District (St. Catharines) Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) are now also investigating a similar incident, believed to involve the same suspect that occurred at another location in the City of St. Catharines, prior to the incident at 301 St. Paul Street.
Investigators are once again asking the public for their assistance and are requesting anyone with information of either one of these matters or any other similar incident to contact them at (905) 688-4111 Dial option 3, Badge 9533.
Charges are pending involving the second incident.
UPDATE 1 March 30, 2018
At approximately 11:30am on Friday March 30, 2018 the investigation by the 1 District Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) led to the identification and arrest of a male suspect.
29 year old David Stout of the City of St. Catharines is facing the alleged charges of:
- Administer Noxious Substance
- Mischief over $5000
Stout is being held in custody pending a bail hearing at the John Sopinka Courthouse in the City of Hamilton on Saturday March 31, 2018.
Detectives continue to investigate to determine what substance was discharged in the building.
Thank you to the media and the public for their assistance in this investigation and their commitment to assist the NRPS.
Niagara Regional Police Detectives are searching for a suspect after a noxious substance was sprayed in the Ministry of Transportation building in downtown St. Catharines.
The incident was reported to police on Wednesday March 28, 2018. The investigation by 1 District (St. Catharines) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) has revealed that at approximately 12:50pm on Tuesday March 27, 2018 a male entered the building at 301 St. Paul Street in the City of St. Catharines.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the suspect spraying a noxious substance in the elevator area on the second floor of the building.
Victims in the immediate area were affected by the unknown substance.
The suspect is described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, approximately 5'8" with a medium build and buzz cut brown hair. The suspect was wearing a green/white camouflage style jacket and wearing dark coloured cargo pants, carrying a large green gym bag (Please see attached pictures).
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at (905) 688-4111 Dial option 3, badge number 9533.
Incident Number: 2018-26168
Submitted By: Stephanie Sabourin
Approved By: Stephanie Sabourin
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