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Police search for suspects after man alleges assault and vehicle fire

OPP 3(ONEIDA FIRST NATION)- On Saturday March 15, at 7:35 a.m. members of the Oneida First Nation Police Service assisted by the Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to assault related call in the area of Bodkin Road on Oneida First Nation.

Police have learned that a lone male party was driving in the area of Fairgrounds Road when he was confronted by three unknown men in a vehicle described as an older model Pontiac Montana type minivan, silver or grey in color. A confrontation ensued at which time the victim was assaulted by one of the three suspects. A short time later the victim’s vehicle had left the roadway on Bodkin Road and entered the ditch area. Upon his return from contacting emergency services the victim located his vehicle engulfed in fire. Members of the Oneida Fire Department were dispatched to the scene where they safely extinguished the fire. The vehicle sustained serious damage as a result of the fire and the victim was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. Police have confirmed that all three suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Police are seeking the public assistance in the identification of the three suspects who are believed to be responsible for assault and damage. The suspects have been described as:

  • Suspect #1 a First Nation male in his twenties, approximately 6′ tall in good physical condition with no distinguishing features or facial hair. He was wearing dark clothing and had a toque with a gold and black stripe.
  • Suspect #2 described as a First Nation male also in his twenties, appeared to be a little over 6 feet tall and had a slim build. The male was observed wearing dark clothing and also had no facial hair or other distinguishing features
  • Suspect#3 described as a First Nation male in his twenties. The male appeared to be shorter than 6 feet tall and had his hair pulled back into a ponytail.

The Middlesex OPP Crime Unit is currently in the preliminary stages of the investigation. Anyone with information on this investigation is encouraged to contact your local police. The OPP can be reached anytime, anywhere in the province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.