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Good reason to lock doors while driving

Monday, February 10, 2014   by: Staff


Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on the 9th of February, a driver was southbound on North Street and stopped at Wellington Street West.

A male opened the passenger door of the vehicle, reached across the passenger and punched the driver several times.

The driver started to drive with the suspect still reaching in the vehicle.

The suspect fell out from the vehicle and the driver immediately reported the incident to police.

Both the male driver and his female passenger received non-life threatening injuries during the incident.

The suspect was wearing a black balaclava, a blue hoodie, and dark pants.

The investigation is continuing and is being followed up by officers from Investigation Services.

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right wing 2/10/2014 9:27:30 AM Report

Are they suggesting that this is a random assault.
The assailant did not know the driver...
Sounds like it's along the lines of drug debt collection a.k.a. home invasions...
Gotmilk 2/10/2014 9:30:31 AM Report

Random act? Jilted? Settling a score?
Just Curious 2/10/2014 9:31:16 AM Report

Just thinking the same thing,rw..Something we aren't being told on this one..I live in that area and there are a lot of cruisers down here this AM...
bemo13 2/10/2014 9:48:02 AM Report

if the victim had something to hide, i seriously doubt he would have called the police.
right wing 2/10/2014 10:08:23 AM Report


No so.
These idiots call the police all the time on these drug related home invasions.
A friend that is a policeman told me they get a laugh when they get a call to a home invasion (that is basically a drug debt settlement) and they end up in many cases charging the "victims" for drug possession, illegal weapons, stolen property, etc.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/10/2014 10:12:24 AM Report

Doubtful it was random
Tag33&1/3rd 2/10/2014 10:14:06 AM Report

Anyone notice the comments from yesterday's attack are gone? Any update on the victim?
petal 2/10/2014 10:20:25 AM Report

poooooooooooor canada
Maria Catena 2/10/2014 10:33:53 AM Report

The crime in this City is escalating all the time. I used to tell my friends, in Southern Ontario, that maybe the weather is terrible here but at least it is a safe place to live. Sadly, I cannot say that anymore. Instead I question why I even bother living here. It seems that these crime articles have one common thread and that is drugs. You always see stories about low level street dealers getting arrested but never the main distributer. If the police could focus all their resources on taking down the bigger guys you would see the crime in this City drop down to almost nothing. If you want to take down a tree you don't simply trim the leaves. When they release the information, in the news, about the recent incident on Albert I would bet it is drug related as well just like any other major crime in the Sault.
Sam C 2/10/2014 10:42:14 AM Report

@maria... I'm not convinced the crime rate here is higher than any other city.

As for catching the "bigger guys," sometimes catching the minor players is how you find the bigger guys.
Maria Catena 2/10/2014 11:03:22 AM Report

Sam...I totally agree with you about using the lower level dealers to get the higher level ones but I don't see that happening. I realize other Cities have crime as well but it was not long ago that the Sault was much safer than these other Cities. There was an article that the Sault was something like 32 on the top 100 Cities in Canada for crime. To me that is a shame. When I was young you never heard of murders or other violent crimes and now it is common place. I have a security system on my home and now have to be careful where I go at night. I see a dramatic difference in our downtown area that used to be safe not long ago. The use of harder drugs has risen and thus so has the crime. That was the point I was trying to make. I just have not seen any of the major players distributing the drugs ever get arrested. If you take a look at the increase in crime, especially violent crime, in the Sault over the last ten years you would be shocked. From what I understand the reason these lower level dealers are not leading them to the bigger guys is there is little to no consequence for their actions. This shows us there is also issues with our justice system. I seem to see the same names on Soo Today over and over. Obviously they don't spend much time in jail and don't have enough deterrent to prevent them from reoffending or provide information about those higher up. All I know is the current system is not working.
jojoe71 2/10/2014 11:04:10 AM Report

Must have been an older model car. The newer ones lock automatically when you start driving. Guess in certain areas of town you have to be aware of everything gong on around your vehicle. I also don't think it's a random act. Like the old saying goes ". Live by the sword ....die by the sword ". Or. ". Fxxxk. With the get the horns ". Stuff like that. :)
highway1 2/10/2014 11:05:21 AM Report

The place isn't perfect, but there are a LOT of worse places to live.
Drug related crime is everywhere.
It's the new normal because the law is an ass.
irishfey 2/10/2014 11:48:43 AM Report

Ever see the post on fb. where there is a little old lady in a car and is pulled over by the cops for having a tail light out?.. The cop looks in the car and sees a large weapon (gun) on the seat,, he asks the old gal if she has anymore weapons in the car... she pulls out a gun from her purse and a knife,, then gets another gun from the glove compartment, and another from under her seat. The Cop asks the old gal what she is afraid of... Her reply.. NOT A FECKING THING!!!,,lol
Just Curious 2/10/2014 11:54:03 AM Report

I kinda wonder if the guy in the car might have almost run someone over at the corner?? That happens often when I am out with the dog,and I feel like kicking the crap out of the side of some of these new vehicles, especially the big pick-ups that think they own the world. One just about nailed my dog the other day and gave ME the finger when I yelled at him...
iamtc 2/10/2014 12:23:40 PM Report

This city is a joke the sign coming in to the city should state be careful lock car doors and lots of crime and drugs
dust2 2/10/2014 12:24:29 PM Report

@JC, possibly. I see drivers cut off pedestrians all the time, the arrogance is really pathetic. I wonder if there's a 311 or something similar so file a complaint against people who cut off pedestrians. It really upsets me and people should be punished for doing it.
Hunter101 2/10/2014 12:36:10 PM Report

Pretty sure that would have been published if it were the case JC. Even then, you don't get a free pass to punch someone in the face several times after entering their vehicle without permission.
Just Curious 2/10/2014 12:42:00 PM Report

Not a biggie... They didn't get my description right anyway...LOL...:)
BabyBella 2/10/2014 1:42:37 PM Report

There have been a large amount of robberies where two men are wearing masks robbing people. My friend was robbed while entering her vehicle. They emptied her wallet. Took her BBonus money. Asked for her credit cards but she doesnt have any. Several Robberies and invasions have been reported throughout the city and it has not been posted in the news and the police have not put the information out there. It sounds like these men are at it again!
B Boy 2/10/2014 2:42:57 PM Report

Makes you wonder about how the crime is being documented or reported to statscan.
I've also heard of & seen lots of serious crime that never makes it into the papers.
I can say first hand that a few of the crimes I reported which happened on my property (3 x vehicle break-in, 2 x shed break-in, 1 x garage break-in) never made it into the stats. When I tried to get a copy of the reports for the insurance claims I was told there was no report made. When my snowblower was stolen out of my garage, I had to push to get an occurrence report which I've been given to understand is reported differently than a crime. My neighbours had the police called on them for a domestic disturbance and when their landlord tried to get a copy of the report for an eviction, again there was no report of any kind.
Gurpy 2/10/2014 2:50:40 PM Report

TONS of stuff in this city go unreported! I`ll leave it at that!
right wing 2/10/2014 3:12:35 PM Report

The Sault Star is reporting this as an attempted car jacking.
Kinda important information to be left out of a news article.

Jmann! 2/10/2014 3:54:16 PM Report

To the guy that wonders why we live here.

Because you are probably working class, making a decent living in a town that has a decent cost of living. Therefore, you have everything you need hard earned. You are making money hand over fist if you really try ... because people like you and I are far and few between it seems... I work 2 jobs, one pays really well, the other is only a side job, and i am still wanted at 2 or 3 other places...

My point is, if you really try, you are honest, you will weed between the scumbags. We are dying for help at any of those places i am employed at.... no one to hire and the biggest problem of them all. SHOWING UP!
Just Show Up!!!! How sad is our society!

I am not 50 years old either, not yet 30!
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