Attempted murder charge for CPRI suspect (Update)
London Community News
Police have now charged an employee of London’s Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) with attempted murder, forcible confinement, uttering threats and assaulting police in the wake of an assault that landed a 12-year-old boy in hospital with severe injuries.
Gregory Thomas Simard, 24, identified as a full-time contract employee at CPRI, was arrested Monday afternoon (Sept. 10) in the area of Dundas Street and Clark Road and his vehicle was seized in connection to the assault, which took place Sunday night (Sept. 9).
He made his first court appearance Tuesday where he refused defence counsel and is scheduled to return to court Thursday (Sept. 13).
Police said they were called to CPRI just before midnight after receiving a 911 call about the attack and found the victim, who was known to the suspect, in a wooded area near the facility suffering from severe trauma.
He was taken to London Health Sciences Centre and was still listed in critical condition as of Tuesday (Sept. 11).
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Police are now investigating whether there were any other victims at CPRI as a result of the suspect’s contact with other patients at the facility.
There is no evidence at this time, however, to suggest that there were other victims, police said in a media release.
The assaulting police charge Simard is facing stems from an incident while he was in police custody but no one was injured.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.