Duo charged in baseball bat, claw hammer attack: Sarnia police

Duo charged in baseball bat claw hammer attack Sarnia police

Two Sarnia residents, including a woman recently charged with trafficking after a $11.5K cocaine bust, are facing charges after a man was attacked with a baseball bat and a claw hammer, police say.

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A 28-year-old man was left with facial injuries Friday about 3 pm after a physical fight with another man over illegal drugs inside a Kathleen Avenue home near Walnut Avenue, police said. The 28-year-old was struck “with a baseball bat several times,” police said.

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“A female present at that location then joined the fray, striking the (man) in the face multiple times with a claw hammer,” police said.

The injured man was taken to hospital, where 25 stitches were needed to close a large gash on his upper lip, police said. A woman was arrested nearby.

April Rathmell, 43, is charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm and was held for a bail hearing, police said. Dustin Denley, 40, is facing the same two charges as Rathmell and also was held for a bail hearing, police said.

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Rathmell already is facing charges following a cocaine seizure in January.

Sarnia police released this photo of drugs, cash and other items seized after a search of a Walnut Avenue home Jan. 10. (Sarnia police)

Police raided a home in the 100 block of Walnut Avenue South, close to Kathleen Avenue, on Jan. 10 shortly after 1 pm and found about 94 grams of powder cocaine, nearly two grams of crack cocaine, $1,600 in cash and drug-trafficking paraphernalia, police said previously. The total haul was worth nearly $11,500, police said at the time.

Three Sarnia residents inside the home – Rathmell, Patrick Reid, 40, and Jason Mitchell, 42 – are charged with possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing stolen property, police said. They were all released with future court dates, police said at the time.

The trio are all scheduled to return to court April 17, but it’s unclear if Rathmell’s recent arrest and new charges will affect that plan.

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