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Canada-wide warrant to be issued for man wanted in death of St. Catharines boy

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A Canada-wide warrant is to be issued this morning for a man wanted in connection with the death of a boy in St Catharines.

Seven-year-old Nathan Dumas was found injured at a residence and died in hospital a day later.

Niagara Regional Police have been looking for 43-year-old Justin Kuijer all weekend after a woman was stabbed at a Royal Bank branch on Friday.

Police say Kuijer is the stepfather of Dumas and that he is armed and dangerous.  will speak to the media at 8 a.m. Monday morning. 

The warrant being issued today is for first degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of the bank employee, who is in hospital in stable condition.

Dumas died Saturday after being discovered in medical distress in St. Catharines on Friday. Police say he was transferred to hospital in critical condition on Friday from his home on Queenston Street. Constable Phil Gavin with the Niagara police told CBC they "consider [Kuijer] responsible for his death."

Armed and dangerous

His exact cause of death has not been released.

"We do believe the victims were targeted," Gavin told reporters Sunday.  Police didn't disclose the connection between the attack on the woman and the death of the boy. The condition of the woman attacked has been upgraded to stable from serious condition. Police said the woman and Kuijer are "known to each other professionally."

Gavin wouldn't confirm what the professional relationship was.

On Friday morning, police said a man stabbed the woman in an RBC branch on Martindale Road in St. Catharines.

Police originally reported the stabbing as a violent bank robbery at an RBC branch, but Gavin clarified on Sunday that it was not a robbery or a domestic dispute. 

Police said the man fled in a grey 2009 Pontiac Montana van, license plate BYTE392. The van also had a pink-and-white decal in the back window for missing woman Ashley Simpson.

Kuijer is described as a white male with a tall, thin build, a beard and longer dark hair. He wore a black tuque and coat, boots and possibly an orange sweater.

Police are treating the attack at the bank as an attempted murder.

Initially treated at the St. Catharines site of the Niagara Health System, the woman has been transported to a trauma centre outside of the Niagara region.

Anyone who sees the van, or has information, should call (905) 688-4111.

"Should a member of the public observe or know the location of Justin Kuijer, do not approach him," police said.

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