On March 17, 2017, the Niagara Regional Police say they responded to a report of an assault at the Royal Bank of Canada located at 211 Martindale Road in St. Catharines. Uniform officers arrived on scene along with Niagara Emergency Medical Services and St. Catharines Fire Services.
The investigation by NRPS detectives found that 43 year old Justin Kuijer (pictured below) of St. Catharines entered the bank and stabbed a female employee. In new developments, police now say this same man’s stepson, 7 year old Nathan Dumas has died after being found with critical injuries on the same day.
Police were called to a Queenston street home around 10:15am and found the child who was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The exact cause of death has not been released but it is believed the victim was targeted by Kuijer.
As police continue the search for Kuijer – wanted for attempted murder in the RBC case – they remind the public that he is considered armed and dangerous and not to approach him. He is believed to be driving a 2009 Pontiac Montana van, grey in colour (Ontario Licence BYTE392). (see below)
At the time of the RBC incident Kuijer was wearing:
- Black toque
- Brown leather waist length coat
- Dark pants
- Orange hoodie
This investigation remains ongoing by detectives. Anyone with information as to the location of Kuijer or the Pontiac van is asked to call 911.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Nathan Dumas for his funeral expenses. It can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-nathan-dumas
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