Stabbing suspected arrested, search finds loaded gun and drugs in Whitby


Published March 28, 2024 at 12:48 pm

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A man wanted in a stabbing in Whitby from last October was arrested Wednesday, with a subsequent search of his home and car uncovering drugs, cash and a loaded gun.

The stabbing happened October 13 when Durham Police responded to an afternoon ‘trouble’ call near Garden Street and Taunton Road in north Whitby. The victim, who told police he was assaulted and stabbed by three people, was found with life-threatening injuries and transported to a Toronto trauma centre.

On Wednesday, officers with the Central West Division Community Response Unit, with assistance from Central West Division, stopped one of the three men wanted in the assault and were able to take him into custody without incident.

Search warrants executed at his vehicle and his Whitby residence resulted in the seizure of numerous drugs, cash and a loaded automatic firearm, which was concealed in the vent of the vehicle.

Eric McEwan, 30, is charged with robbery and assault cause bodily harm, assault with a weapon, four counts of drug trafficking and two counts of possession and three firearm-related offences.

He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. Hadad of the Central West Division Community Response Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 3741.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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