Following the release of photos and video, the two suspects have been identified.
On Friday February 3, 2023, a 16-year-old male of the City of St. Catharines was arrested and is facing the following Criminal Code charge:
1st degree murder
He is currently being held in custody pending a bail hearing that is scheduled to take place on February 4, 2023, via video link to the John Sopinka Courthouse, located at 45 Main Street East, in the City of Hamilton.
Detectives have identified and are actively searching for the second suspect, who is also under the age of 18.
As a result of determining the identity of the suspects and that they are youths, their photos have been removed from the original media release. The Youth Criminal Justice Act of Canada Prohibits the NRPS from identifying persons under 18 years of age.
UPDATE 2 – February 1, 2023
On August 26, 2022, Raymond Riley was attacked and assaulted in the area of Riordon Street and Division Street in the City of St. Catharines.
Raymond was treated by members of the Niagara Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) and transported to a local hospital before being later transported to an out-of-town trauma center due to the severity of his injuries. On September 8, 2022, Raymond succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
On September 9, 2022, Detectives with the Niagara Regional Police Service Homicide Unit requested members of the public to assist the police and provide CCTV / dash cams etc. in the area to assist in the investigation.
The Homicide Unit would like to thank the public for their assistance in this request and have completed their analysis of the CCTV. Investigators are now able to release video clips and photographic stills of the suspects responsible for the assault of Raymond.
The Homicide Unit is once again asking for the publics assistance in identifying the suspects observed in these videos and still images to further the investigation and help bring this horrendous incident to a close.
If anyone has any information of the identity of either of these two males or if they have any information to assist in the investigation in any way, please contact members of the Homicide Unit directly by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009462 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477)
If you are the suspect(s) in the video, please seek legal counsel and make arrangements to turn yourself into police.
UPDATE 1 – September 9, 2022
On Thursday September 8, 2022, Raymond “Ray” Riley succumbed to his injuries.
The Niagara Regional Police Service Homicide Unit has now taken carriage of the investigation and are appealing to the two suspects to seek legal counsel and make arrangements to turn themselves in to police.
Members of the public who may recall seeing Ray on the night of the incident or may have information about this incident are asked to contact 1 District detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009134.
ORIGINAL RELEASE – September 7, 2022
Detectives from the 1 District – St. Catharines office of the Niagara Regional Police Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding injuries to a 31-year-old St. Catharines man, Raymond “Ray” Riley.L
On August 27, 2022, at approximately 1:30am 1 District uniform officers attended an assist ambulance call in the area of Queenston Street and Riordon Street for a man in medical distress.
Ray was transported to a local hospital by Niagara Emergency Medical Services paramedics.
On September 1, 2022, NRPS officers were contacted by a family member of Ray to report he had been hospitalized and had injuries that were suspicious. At the time of this release, Ray remains in hospital in critical condition.
Ray is described as:
Male white 6’0” feet tall. Approximately 160 lbs. Brown, medium length wavy hair Dark coloured facial hair Hazel eyes Tattoos on his left hand
When transported to the hospital, Ray was wearing the following:
Black canvas, casual shoes with white outsole Black Champion socks with pink lettering Black Ecko Unltd. sweatpants Black Nike shorts with grey stripe down either side Black baseball hat with large Marvel Avengers design
Detectives are appealing to the public for information to assist in determining the cause of the injuries and to trace Ray’s movements in the hours leading to him being found injured.
Detectives have reason to believe that Ray may have been walking along Queenston Street with an unknown woman prior to the assist ambulance call.
Members of the public who may recall seeing Ray on the night of the incident or may have information about this incident are asked to contact 1 District detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009964.
Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.
Anyone (residents or businesses) in the area with closed circuit security cameras, doorbell video cameras, or dash cameras are asked to review their footage for suspicious activity for the period between 12:30am and 1:30am on August 27, 2022.