April 23, 2019

Woman attacked with crossbow in attempted murder investigation: peel police

16 April 2019, 12:56 | Glen Norman

Peel Regional Police Det.-Sgt. James Kettles

Peel Regional Police Det.-Sgt. James Kettles

A Mississauga woman was shot with a crossbow when she answered the door to a fake delivery man in a targeted attack Peel police say they believe was carried out by a hit man and was meant to kill her.

Police said on November 7, 2018 at approximately 8 p.m., officers responded to a residence on Bayberry Drive in Mississauga where a 44-year-old woman was located with life-threatening injuries. "Seconds later the suspect shot an arrow at the victim from a crossbow that was concealed inside the box he was carrying", Superintendent Heather Ramore told reporters.

Police said the suspect then fled the area, and police arrived to find the woman with life-threatening injuries. The woman, who has been co-operating with police, did not recognize the man but based on comments he made to her, investigators believe the attack was premeditated and targeted. Det.

After reviewing the evidence collected at the scene, investigators say the arrow used in this incident is created to hunt large game such as moose and deer and inflict the "maximum amount of damage possible".

On Monday, investigators released security video of the incident and images of the suspect as well as a replica of the crossbow weapon used in the attack. The injuries she sustained were absolutely devastating.

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Police believe the crossbow that was used was similar to one they presented at Monday's press conference (pictured).

'We are confident with assistance from the public and with current facial recognition technology we will bring those responsible for the attack to justice, ' she said.

Detective Kettles said the woman spent several months in hospital and would be in a "recovery phase for the rest of her life".

Investigators have since identified a dark-coloured pickup truck as a possible suspect vehicle.

He added that her life "will never be the same".

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"It involved a lot of damage to her internal organs".

The victim was able to close the front door and call 911.

The woman got a "direct look" at the man who attacked her, but was unable to identify him.

Kettles said police have a number of possible motives but are continuing to explore all possibilities.

In the surveillance video, the suspect's face is not covered, but the person is wearing a hat and possibly another head cover, as well as a glove.

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