Arrest Made in Connection to Downtown Barrie Stabbing

Victim Identified as 30-year-old Ryan Babineau

Police have made an arrest after a man was stabbed to death in Barrie’s downtown core.

A suspect has been taken into custody following the death of a 30-year-old man early Saturday morning (November 16). Police were called to an area on Dunlop St. near the Five Points just after 7:00 that morning, finding a man suffering serious injuries. He was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police have identified the victim as Ryan Babineau of Barrie. A post mortem confirmed his wounds were consistent with that of a stabbing.

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The suspect, a 28-year-old man of no fixed address, was arrested earlier this week and is facing charges of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

“From the outset we believed, and we still believe, very strongly that this is an isolated incident that has taken place,” said Barrie Police spokesperson Peter Leon.

Leon said a stolen Mazda associated with the attack was recovered from a hotel on Main St. in Huntsville, and while a 27-year-old man was arrested in connection to it, police point out he is not considered to have been involved in the stabbing.