A Canadian-wide arrest warrant was issued to find Justin Kuijer, the 43-year-old man wanted for first degree murder and attempted murder in St. Catharines. He is considered the suspect in the death of his son-in-law, Nathan Dumas, 7 years.
The police have been looking for him since Friday after he stabbed a Royal Bank employee in St. Catharines. The two people knew each other professionally, but the authorities did not give more details.
Constable Phil Gavin of the Niagara Regional Police said at a news briefing on Monday that Justin Kuijer’s 7-year-old son-in-law died early Saturday morning. On Friday, about ten minutes before the attempted murder at the Royal Bank branch, Nathan Dumas was found with serious injuries in a St. Catharines residence. The child was taken to hospital in critical condition and died of his wounds on Saturday.
According to the police, Justin Kuijer is armed and dangerous. The fugitive would move aboard a 2009 Pontiac Montana pickup truck, gray-colored, registered BYTE 392. Police officers recommend that they be contacted and not approached.
— PC Phil Gavin (@PCPhilGavin) March 17, 2017
According to information gathered by CBC, Justin Kruijer and Nathan Dumas’s mother were about to separate after a six-year relationship. A neighbor of the couple reported that Justin Kruijer “often seemed to be angry, and often quarreled with his neighbors.”
Nathan Dumas was a second year student at Harriet Tubman Public School in St. Catharines. “The community is absolutely shocked and grieved,” Niagara County Board of Education spokesperson Kim Yielding said Monday. Social workers were dispatched to the school the boy attended.
The suspect has no criminal record, police said.