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Updated: One suspect in custody, another identified in Devine Street homicide

Journal Staff A suspect is in custody in connection with a Devine Street homicide.
Police are stationed near a Devine Street residence following a homicide on Jan. 26. Troy Shantz

Journal Staff

A suspect is in custody in connection with a Devine Street homicide.

The suspect, one of two wanted for the the murder of a 62-year-old Sarnia man, was arrested last night without incident and is being charged with first-degree murder, Sarnia Police said.

Noah Elijah Brown, 28, is wanted in connection with murder. Sarnia Police Photo

Police are still searching for a second suspect, identified as Noah Elijah Brown, 28, of no fixed address. Brown is approximately 6-feet tall, weighing 155 pounds with a slim build and blue eyes. Police are asking the public not to approach Brown as he is believed to be dangerous and possibly armed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-344-8861, ext. 0. Anonymous information can be submitted to Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

A Crime Stoppers reward leading to arrest of Noah Brown has been  doubled to $4,000.

Sarnia resident Allen Schairer, 62, has been identified as the victim in the Jan. 26 homicide on Devine Street.

An increased presence of uniformed officers going door to door and speaking with residents in nearby neighbourhoods can be expected in the coming days, police say.

On Saturday, a woman was found dead in her Essex Street home. Police are treating the death of 66-year-old Sue-Elin Lumsden as a homicide.

Detectives are asking for any video surveillance footage within the boundaries of Exmouth Street to the north, Christina Street to the west, LaSalle Line to the south, and Highway 40 to the east. Police are looking for footage between Jan. 22 at 5:00 p.m. and Jan. 23 at 8:00 a.m. and between Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 7:00 a.m. 

Footage can be provided on a memory stick in an envelope with contact information and dropped off at Sarnia Police Headquarters located at 555 Christina St. North. 

In response to growing community concern, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has asked Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen to provide a public update on the investigations at a Police Services Board meeting today.

The mayor, who also chairs the police board, suggested that additional funds or other resources might be needed to address the “disturbing and senseless loss of life” this month.

Yesterday Sarnia Police made an arrest in connection with a stabbing on Davis Street.

Lindsay Rene Smith, 41, of no fixed address, was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. and is being held for a bail hearing, police said.

Though unrelated to the Sarnia murders, the OPP are dealing with a fifth local homicide that took place in Corunna on Dec. 31.

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