On September 11th, 2023, at 12:38pm Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers assigned to 2 District (Niagara Falls / Niagara-on-the-Lake) responded to a disturbance at a residential address on Strohan Street near Johnson Drive, in the City of Niagara Falls.
Information provided to the NRPS Communications Unit was that a male was seen in the area yelling obscenities while threatening to burn down a nearby home. Responding officers were unable to locate the male, resulting in multiple police units searching the nearby area. As the search was underway, information was received that the male was in possession of a firearm. Given the threat of a firearm being involved the NRPS Emergency Task Unit (ETU) was notified and responded. Victoria Public School was placed in a hold and secure as officers searched for the male.
At 2:41pm ETU officers located the male in a backyard. He was subsequently arrested. The firearm was determined to have been a pellet gun. The hold and secure at Victoria Park School was lifted and students were dismissed as usual. The NRPS would like to thank the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) for their cooperation.
Carlos William LEWIS (39 years) of Niagara Falls has been arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
• Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
• Uttering Threats x2
• Fail to Comply with Release Order
LEWIS remains in police custody at this time. He is being held for a bail hearing scheduled to take place tomorrow (September 12th, 2023) via video link to the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street in the City of St. Catharines.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the lead detective by dialing (905) 688-4111, option 3, extension 1009535.
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 that leads to an arrest.