Joshua Brennan charged with the murder of James Samson in Ottawa

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Ottawa police were called the report of a stabbing in the 2700 block of Saratoga Place at approximately 1:30am on January 31st involving two victims.

Police said James Samson, 45 years old succumbed to his injuries. A woman in her 50s, who was also injured, remains in hospital in stable condition.

As a result of the investigation, Ottawa police issued a Canada Wide warrant at 245pm for Joshua BRENNAN, 37 years old, of Ottawa for 2nd Degree Murder and Attempted Murder. Police announced at 5:40pm that Joshua BRENNAN was arrested in Ottawa. Police have not released the relationship between the victims and the accused.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Homicide Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.

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