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Police arrest suspect in connection with attempted murder in Stayner

The 31-year-old Wasaga man allegedly sexually assaulted and stabbed the female victim on July 31, police say
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Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested the wanted suspect involved in an attempt murder investigation within Stayner, Township of Clearview.

On July 31, 2022, at approximately 11:55 p.m., OPP officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at an address in Stayner. Officers located a person inside the residence suffering from serious injuries. The initial investigation revealed that the victim was sexually assaulted and then stabbed. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was later air-lifted to a trauma centre.

As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued for Michael Zaakir, 31, from Wasaga Beach on the following charges:

·        Attempt to commit murder

·        Aggravated sexual assault

·        Failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court

·        Uttering threats - cause death or bodily harm - two counts

·        Theft of motor vehicle

On the evening of Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, with the assistance of Bracebridge OPP, members of the Huronia West OPP arrested Zaakir without incident. He was held for a bail hearing and remanded into custody. Police would like to thank the public for the tips received, which assisted in locating Zaakir.