On the evening of August 31, 2017, members of the Sarnia Police Service General Patrol responded to a call regarding a robbery that had taken place at a park located in the area of Maxwell Street and Kember Avenue in the City of Sarnia.
A 23-year-old female victim was having difficulty with her 2-year son, at home, that couldn’t fall asleep. At 11:00 pm the mother decided to take the child for a walk to the park and see if he would calm down after being on a swing. The mother attended the park with the child in her arms and as she approaches the swings she feels someone jerk at the purse she was carrying. The mother turns to face who it was and observes a male party with a black can and heard a noise that sounded like an aerosol spray being disbursed. At the time the mother did not realize that pepper spray had been released.
The mother, who was very alarmed, was able to hold onto the purse and run back to her residence which was nearby. It is also believed that the suspect left the area in an unknown direction.
Once at home the mother realized that her child had actually received the full effects of the pepper spray. The mother had the child immediately taken to hospital for treatment as he was having difficulty breathing and experiencing pain from the effects. Once there the child’s symptoms were brought under control. The mother also experienced some symptoms from cross contamination from the child being peppered sprayed.
Both mother and son are doing better now.
A description was provided as follows: a male that was somewhere between 20 and 30 years of age, no facial hair, skinny build, between 5 foot 1 inch and 5 foot 2inches tall, dirty blonde hair that was approximately one inch long, he was wearing a grey sweatshirt with a hood and dark coloured pants and, appeared to have an overall messy look and bad body odour.
If anyone has any information pertaining to this matter they are please asked to contact Detective Constable Heather Patterson at 519-344-8861 (extension 6105) or Detective Sgt. Michael Kahnert at 519-344-8861 (extension 6196). If you wish to remain anonymous please contact Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.