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Sarah Jean Belzil, 36, is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Justin David Breau. Image: Submitted/Saint John Police Force

UPDATE: Woman Wanted In Justin Breau Murder Arrested

By Brad Perry Feb 23, 2023 | 3:31 PM

Police say five people have now been arrested in connection with the death of a Saint John man last summer.

Sarah Jean Belzil turned herself in to police on Thursday, one day after police announced an arrest warrant had been issued.

The 36-year-old woman was wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Justin Breau.

Breau, 39, was stabbed in a Charles Street home last August and died from his injuries in the hospital.

Investigators are still looking for Evan Louis Tobias, 28, who is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for first-degree murder.

Other arrests in January

Four other men were taken into custody in January in connection with Breau’s death and later charged with first-degree murder.

They include Charles William Shatford, 47, Donald Robert Walker, 30, Dustin Walker-Hammond, 24, and Travis Earl Boudreau, 33.

“In order to protect the integrity of the investigation and not prejudice any future court proceedings, I can’t release any details as it relates to the relationship to the accused and anyone else,” Staff Sgt. Sean Rocca, a spokesperson for the Saint John Police Force, told reporters in January.

Details about Breau’s death

According to police, three masked men wearing dark clothing forced their way into an apartment on Charles Street just before 4 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2022.

Investigators said Breau was stabbed inside the apartment and was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

The suspects fled the scene on foot and were last seen heading toward Garden Street, police said at the time.

Rocca acknowledged potential “confusion” as to the number of people facing charges when police initially alleged that three people were involved in Breau’s death.

“Unfortunately, I can’t provide any clarity at this point because releasing those details may compromise the integrity of the investigation,” he said.

In 2020, Breau was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Mark Shatford on the city’s west side the previous year.

When asked if the stabbing and that verdict might be related, police said in August that they could not confirm that information at that time.

Police said they could also not yet confirm whether Breau had been targeted or if the incident was a random act.


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