Police looking for handcuffs used in Sarnia attempted murder

Sarnia Police spent the day at a red, one story duplex on Maxwell Street, the scene, they say of the attempted murder of a 40 year old man.

Sarnia Police spent the day at a red, one story duplex on Maxwell Street, the scene, they say of the attempted murder of a 40 year old man.

Two people are facing attempted murder charges after a 40 year old man handcuffed and then severely beaten.

Det. Staff Sgt. Scott Maclean says the man went to a home on Maxwell Street April 12. “Once he was there, he’s handcuffed and beaten and eventually he’s able to escape from there,” says Maclean adding he had help getting out the house. He was eventually brought to the hospital, where he was treated for severe injuries to his head and body.

Police were only able to talk to the man five days ago, after he was given medical clearance by his doctors. After interviewing him, police started the search for evidence including a ground search of the tree street area in central Sarnia for two pairs of handcuffs the victim threw out the window of a car while he was being taken to hospital. So far they haven’t found. Maclean is appealing to the public to come forward if they found anything. “They’re something that a young person could pick up and think a pretty neat souviener or someone may picked them up and thrown them away,” says Maclean. “We’re looking for any information about them.”

Police searched the home on Maxwell Street and found what police are saying is a “large quantity” of controlled drugs.

Two people, Mary Muscat, age 44, and Daniel Mitchell age 30, both of Sarnia, appeared in court charged with attempt murder.

Two other women, a 16 year old and a 26 year old have also been charged as a result of the investigation.

While police were searching a home on Maxwell, a 16 year old wanted to get into the house but was stopped, according to Maclean. “She tried to go into the house when asked to wait became violent with the officer,” he says adding she’s been charged with assaulting a police officer.

The 26 year old was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and breach of recognizance when police were searching an Errol Road East home in connection with the attempted murder.

Maclean expects more charges will be laid as a result of the drug seizure on Maxwell. He says police are investigating the link between the drugs and the attempted murder but wouldn’t say yet that the crimes are related.

When asked if police had ever been at the address for drug problems before, Maclean said the house is “known to police.”

Anyone with information about the crime or the location of the handcuffs which were thrown from the car are asked to call Maclean at 519-344-8861 ext 6077 or Crime Stoppers at 519-332-TIPS.

– Heather Wright

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