Niagara Region police say Justin Kuijer is wanted for first degree murder and attempted murder. He is considered the suspect in the death his stepson 7-year-old Nathan Dumas.
He is also wanted in a case of attempted murder, according to Phil Gavin, Niagara Regional Police Media Relations Officer.
Kuijer is alleged to have stabbed an employee of the Royal Bank of the Martindale Road in St. Catharines.
Gavin says the regional police will ask for a pan-Canadian arrest warrant as soon as the judges enter the office on Monday morning.
According to the police, Kuijer is driving a grey 2009 Pontiac Montana truck with licence plate number BYTE392. Mr. Gavin added that the van would be sporting a stickerin honor of Ashley Simpson , a woman who had disappeared since 2016. He added that the sticker could easily be removed, so keep an eye open for any gray pickup truck.
Kuijer is described as white with a thin build, trimmed beard and longer dark hair. He was wearing a black tuque, brown leather coat, dark pants, boots and an orange hoodie.
Because he has a vehicle, Gavin said Kuijer could be far from the Niagara region.
“We don’t know his whereabouts,” he said.
Gavin also said this case has been a hard one for police to deal with.
“A situation like this, it impacts the community, it impacts the family,” he said. “It’s not easy, but we have a job to do, and we try to persevere through that.”
The suspect is described as a white man, thin, in his mid-forties, with a long beard and dark hair. Mr. Gavin says he was not known to the police before this case.
Members of the public who have information are invited to call the Niagara Regional Police.
Friends of Nathan Dumas’ family started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for funeral costs. The campaign had surpassed its $10,000 goal as of late Sunday afternoon.
“He was the most loving and caring little boy,” the page reads. “And now because of another he will never be able to grow into a fine young man and make a diff(e)rence in this cruel world.”