NewsAlert: Ontario man wanted for murdering stepchild

Lucy Hill
March 21, 2017

Speaking to CP24 Monday morning, Niagara Regional Police Const. Phil Gavin said at around 10:25 a.m. Friday, a man entered a Royal Bank of Canada branch on Martindale Road in St. Catharines and stabbed a female employee.

A 43-year-old man is wanted in St. Catharines for first degree murder in connection with the death of his 7- year-old stepson.

His mother, Whitney Dumas, wrote a note on Facebook Sunday: "Your kind words and well wishes and downpour of donations have been truly overwhelming".

"The principal of the school has been in touch with the family to let them know we're here for them", she said. "We are asking anyone who has information about Mr. Kuijer to call 911". Police said he was transferred to hospital in critical condition from his home on Queenston Street.

A spokesperson for the Niagara Health System said there was extra hospital security staff Friday out of an abundance of caution to assist police while they conducted an investigation. He was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries early Saturday morning.

Police said they are not investigating the incident as a robbery or a domestic violence matter but believe the woman was targeted.

Police said he is believed to be armed and risky.

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Dumas said she doesn't understand why anyone would hurt her son other than as a way to hurt her.

The suspect van's licence number was BYTE392, police said. Police said the victim was known to her assailant but police are still trying to determine the motive for the attack.

Initially treated at the St. Catharines site of the Niagara Health System, the woman was transported to a trauma centre outside of the Niagara region.

The van featured a prominent pink floral decal on the back window referencing missing person Ashley Simpson and "Missing Women of Canada", but Gavin speculated that the sticker might have been removed.

Justin Kuijer, a 43-year-old St. Catharines resident, is wanted in connection with both incidents. A sign on the RBC door said it would reopen Monday. Should a member of the public observe or know the location of Justin Kuijer, do not approach him.

The suspect is described as a white man, about 35 years old, with a thin build, trimmed beard and longer dark hair. The suspect was last seen wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt under a brown leather coat, dark trousers, a black toque and boots.

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