MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say they've made an arrest in a 2018 crossbow attack in which a woman's ex-partner allegedly hired a hitman to kill her with a crossbow.
Peel Regional Police said Tuesday the attack in November 2018 left the woman with life-altering injuries that required months of procedures to recover from.
They said officers arrested the woman's ex-common law partner last week after gathering sufficient evidence to make a case against him. Roger Jaggernauth is facing charges of attempted murder, criminal harassment and counselling an indictable offence.
Investigators said they were still looking for the suspect who carried out the attack and were offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
"A team of dedicated investigators are continuing in their efforts to identify and apprehend the person or persons responsible for this crime," said Det. Sgt. Jim Kettles
In a video shown to reporters, a suspect dressed to look like a deliveryman rings the woman's doorbell while holding a large box. Police said he had a short conversation with the woman before pulling a crossbow out of the box and shooting her with it.
"It's clear, due to comments made to the survivor by the suspect, that this attack was meant to end the survivor's life," said Kettles, who added the outstanding suspect fled on foot to a dark pick-up truck parked nearby.
Police played a statement by the survivor of the attack, who described three days of life-saving surgeries and 18 months of procedures that it took for her to recover from the attack.
"Although I survived the attack, I would never be the same again," said the woman, who added that she suffers from permanent damage and anxiety at the sound of doorbells.
"Not only do I live in constant pain, I live in constant fear."
Police say intimate partner violence is a serious problem in the community, and is the motive behind three of the nine homicides to take place in Peel Region this year.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2020.
Salmaan Farooqui, The Canadian Press