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Break and Enter Not What It Appeared to Be

On June 26, 2017, at approximately 11:00 pm the Sarnia Police Service General Patrol Officers responded to what appeared to be a break and enter to a local business located in the 1300 block of Plank Road in the City of Sarnia. The alleged suspect had been apprehended by the owner of the business during the supposed break and enter. As the investigation continued it became evident to the officers involved at the time that there was more to the story.

The Sarnia Police Service Criminal Investigation Branch began to investigate the matter further and determined that the supposesed 24 years old suspect was actually the victim in this matter. It is also alleged that the owner of the business fabricated a plot to lure the victim to the area where the victim was later assaulted and held for police as a suspect to a fictitious break and enter.

Yesterday, at approximately 7:10 am, Paul Babcock, 51 years of age, was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, and public mischief. Babcock was held for a bail hearing yesterday but was subsequently released.

The 24 year victim had been admitted to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries that required medical attention and has been since released.

If anyone has any information related to this matter they are please asked to contact Detective Constable Sam Sulaiman of the Criminal Investigation Branch at 519-344-8861 (extension 6132).

You may also contact Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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