Durham Regional Police Police Press Releases

UPDATE: Victim Stabbed By Three People

The suspect in a stabbing investigation is in custody following a simultaneous drug investigation that resulted in the seizure of numerous drugs and an automatic firearm.

On Friday, October 13, 2023, at approximately 1:20 p.m., members of Central West Division responded to an unknown trouble call in the area of Garden Street and Taunton Road East, in Whitby. The victim was assaulted and stabbed by three suspects. All suspects fled the area prior to police arrival. The victim was located with life-threatening injuries and transported to a Toronto-area trauma centre, where his condition was upgraded to stable.

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, members of the Central West Division Community Response Unit, with assistance from Central West Division officers, initiated a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle and took him into custody without incident. Search warrants at the suspect’s residence and vehicle resulted in the seizure of numerous drugs, cash and a loaded automatic firearm, which was concealed in the vent of the vehicle. The suspect was further linked to the Whitby stabbing and charged.

Eric MCEWAN, age 30 from Whitby is charged with numerous offences including: Robbery, Assault Cause Bodily Harm, Assault with a Weapon, Possession of Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x4, Possess Loaded Restricted/Prohibited Firearm, Occupy Motor Vehicle with Firearm, Possession of a Restricted/Prohibited Firearm Knowingly Not Holding a Licence, and Possession Contrary to Order x2.

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.

The information in this media release contains facts and circumstances that have been obtained from a police investigation. These allegations have yet to be proven in court.

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