Sarnia Police responded to early morning call of a man being stabbed, suspect charged and remanded

Sarnia Police were called to an apartment complex on Earlscourt Drive Tuesday morning shortly after 9 a.m. to investigate a man being stabbed.

On the scene, police allegedly found a 55 year old male in the parking lot carrying a bloody kitchen knife and a hammer.

After initially resisting arrest and challening the police, the suspect was subdued after a police officer discharged his taser to control the man so he would drop the weapons. 

The suspect, identified today as Brian Carter Bentley of Sarnia after a court appearance, was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment and psychological assessment. Afterward, he was then taken to police headquarters where he was to remain in custody until his bail hearing this morning.

He’s charged with attempted murder in what police are calling an unprovoked attack.  

After his court appearance, the suspect remained in custody and another hearing will be scheduled for later this month.

Another officer attended to the victim, who is a 43 year old unnamed man, found suffering from stab wounds and trauma to his head. He managed to call 911 himself during the alleged attack and provided information as officers were en route.

The victim is in stable condition today after undergoing surgery, according to Sarnia police.

Police said that the victim, who was in the area doing contract work, and the accused were unknown to each other.  

"It is also not known at this time exactly what sparked the attack and police did speak to witnesses at the scene," said police spokesperson Heather Emmons.

The Criminal Investigations Branch continues to investigate the matter.

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