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Stabbing suspect arrested; community fearful following string of homicides

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Journal Staff

Sarnia Police have made an arrest in connection with a stabbing on Davis Street.

Lindsay Rene Smith, 41, of no fixed address, was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. and is being held for a bail hearing, police said.

She is charged with assault cause bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Police arrived at a residence in the 200 block of Davis Street at 12:35 a.m. on Jan. 26 and found a 57-year-old man there with serious stab wounds.

Lambton Paramedics transported the victim to hospital, but given his serious injuries he was taken for further treatment to London hospital, where he remains.

“We appreciate the public’s assistance in this matter and truly realize (its) importance in solving crimes,” said Const. Giovanni Sottosanti.

Sarnia Police are also dealing with an unprecedented four homicide investigations this month. Arrests have been made in the first two cases.

But police are currently urging residents to secure their homes and report any suspicious activity following two more suspected homicides in the past five days.

Police issued a second warning after finding a man dead inside a home in the 500 block of Devine Street Tuesday afternoon.

On Saturday, a woman was found dead in her Essex Street home. Police are treating the death of 66-year-old Sue-Elin Lumsden as a homicide.

In response to growing community concern, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has asked Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen to provide a public update on the investigations at Thursday’s Police Services Board meeting.

The mayor, who also chairs the police board, suggested that additional funds or other resources might be needed to address the “disturbing and senseless loss of life” this month.

Though unrelated to the Sarnia murders, the OPP are dealing with a fifth local homicide that took place in Corunna on Dec. 31.


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