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A Woman Is Dead And A Man In Critical Condition After Stabbing Wednesday Night In Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH-A 29-year-old Peterborough man has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of a 27-year-old Peterborough woman and the attempted murder of a 30-year-old Peterborough man.

At approximately 9:00 pm on September 6, 2023, officers were called to an apartment on Simcoe Street between George Street and Aylmer Street about a possible stabbing. Police say upon arrival, officers learned that a male had been seen leaving the area. Both victims were taken to Peterborough Regional Health Centre where the female was pronounced deceased, and the male was transported to a Toronto-area hospital in critical condition.

Through investigation and examination of footage from the police-maintained and private CCTV cameras in the area, a suspect was identified.

At approximately 12:30am on September 7, 2023, officers received information that the suspect was spotted in a wooded area near Ashburnham Drive and Mariah Street.

The Emergency Response Team, Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Unit, officers from the Investigative Services Unit, and an OPP K9 Unit attended the area.  Upon arrival, officers say they learned that two women known to the suspect had been verbally threatened and one attacked with a hatchet. The two women escaped and were taken to Peterborough Regional Health Centre for treatment according to police.

Officers continued searching the woods and shortly after two people, a male and a female, were taken into custody without incident.

As a result of the investigation, 29-year-old Jesse Rowe of Peterborough was arrested and charged with:

  • Second Degree Murder
  • Attempt to Commit Murder
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Utter threats X2
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order X2

Rowe has a lengthy criminal history with Peterborough Police dating back to 2012 and is currently before the courts for robbery with a weapon and fail to comply with a probation order. He is currently bound by a probation order with the following the conditions to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. He is also bound by seven prohibition orders with regard to firearms, restricted weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

The accused is being held in custody and will appear in court today, September 7, 2023.

The next of kin of the deceased female has been notified.

The Peterborough Police Service would like to thank the members of the community who called 9-1-1 throughout this incident.

A 30-year-old Peterborough woman found with the suspect was taken into custody on the strength of a warrant for a shoplifting incident on August 27, 2023.  In connection with the incident in the woods, the woman was further charged with:

  • Utter threats X2

The woman is being held in custody and will appear in court today, September 7, 2023.

Thank you to the quick work of our officers to have an arrest in this case. And our OPP K9 colleague for their timely assistance.


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