Police in Windsor, Ont., have issued Canada-wide arrest warrants for three suspects wanted for kidnapping, forcible confinement and first-degree murder in the killing of a 26-year-old man.
Windsor police responded to a report of an assault at an apartment complex on Mill Street near Wyandotte Street West around 6 a.m. Oct. 19.
Officers entered a unit and found a man “severely beaten” with his hands bound and suffering from multiple stab wounds and cuts on his body.
On Thursday, more than a week after he was admitted to hospital, the unnamed man died from his injuries in hospital. Police then upgraded the case to a homicide investigation.
“I definitely don’t get [a case like] this very often,” Const. Andrew Drouillard told Global News Friday, adding the victim never regained consciousness after being found.
“We’ve never been able to speak to the victim.”
Investigators spoke with a 67-year-old male witness, who resided in the apartment where the victim was found, and determined he had “played a role in the assault” and he was arrested.
Walter Smith, 67, of Windsor has been charged with forcible confinement and first-degree murder.
Canada-wide arrest warrants have been issued for three additional suspects and police are warning the public not to approach them, but to instead call 911 with information.
Dustin Schuh, 26, Daniel Shaw, 38, and Melissa Luyten, 26, all from Windsor, are wanted for kidnapping, forcible confinement and first-degree murder.
“It’s fair to say everybody involved in this is known to police,” Drouillard said, adding that Schuh and Luten may be in the Kingston, Ont., area.
“They’re still piecing together the timeline of events and trying to get as much information as they can from everybody, so hopefully with this coming out maybe it will generate more attention to the public and maybe we’ll get some more information.”
Schuh, Shaw and Luyten were identified after police pieced together the timeline of what occurred and concluded the victim was targeted.
On Sept. 29, police said the same victim was targeted in a stabbing near Glengarry Avenue and Wyandotte Street East around 2:30 a.m. and was found with multiple stab wounds.
Police said the victim was treated in hospital and released but “wasn’t cooperative with that investigation.”
Investigators then determined he was lured to the rear parking lot of a Tim Hortons at 2854 Howard Ave. on Oct. 18 between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., when a fight broke out with several male and female suspects.
Homicide detectives believed the victim was abducted and forced into a red vehicle by the suspects and was found the following morning in the Mill Street apartment with serious injuries. He was transported to hospital in critical condition where he later died.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Windsor Police Major Crime Branch at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS).
– Story by Adam Miller, Online Journalist at Global News.