‘The detachment is not pursuing a suspect’
NORTH DUNDAS — A 50-year-old Russell Township woman faces a Criminal Code charge of public mischief in the Spruce Drive stabbing case that prompted a manhunt and riveted the attention of North Dundas residents last September.
The SD&G OPP responded Sept. 17 to what was believed to be a serious assault with a weapon on Spruce Drive in North Dundas Township. Occurring shortly before 6:10 p.m., a lone adult male was reported to have approached and stabbed an adult woman before fleeing on a red bicycle. She suffered a single stab wound, having stopped for the cyclist on the road, according to the police report last fall.
The search for an assailant has been called off, and the SD&G Crime Unit says it has concluded the victim “provided information initially that was deemed falsely misleading.”
She was arrested and released to appear March 2 in Cornwall court.
The reported incident triggered a substantial police response, as multiple cruisers descended on the area in the search for a suspect. At least one police helicopter took part, as did the OPP Emergency Response Team and Canine Unit. The detachment also released a composite sketch of a suspect and publicized a detailed description of the wanted individual after interviewing the presumed victim.
“The detachment is not pursuing a suspect,” confirmed SD&G OPP Const. Tylor Copeland for NVN on Feb. 11.
Copeland did not respond to NVN‘s question on whether the detachment would describe the situation as a hoax.
NVN has also sought clarification on why the name of the accused has not been released — as is normally the case with Criminal Code charges (except in matters where identifying the accused would identify a victim.)
“Due to the complexity of this investigation the accused’s name cannot be released,” Copeland responded.
This article has been updated to include Const. Tylor Copeland’s comments and confirmation that police are no longer searching for an assailant.