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Accused killer back in court Feb. 28 following brief appearance

Jordan Szyperski faces numerous charges following death of Ron Peterson; Second suspect in downtown stabbing remains at large
Jordan Szyperski is shown in a photo posted on his Facebook page on Dec. 15, 2018.

The man charged with second-degree murder following a fatal stabbing in downtown Barrie on Monday morning made a brief court appearance today as city police also continue to search for a second suspect.

Jordan Szyperski, 32, was scheduled to be in court today, but due to a miscommunication will now be seen by video remand on Feb. 28.

Szyperski was arrested without incident Monday evening in Barrie. He has been charged with second-degree murder, robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and assault with a weapon.

BarrieToday has learned the victim’s name is Ron Peterson, 47.

Police announced a second suspect is also wanted in connection to the deadly stabbing. Police have released a surveillance image of the second suspect, who is described as approximately 45 years old and who may be missing fingers or a thumb on one hand.

At the time of the altercation, police say he was wearing a brown jacket, a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone who may have information about his whereabouts is asked to not approach him, but to contact police.

Police have said this was an "isolated incident" and that there was no threat to public safety.

Police were called Monday morning regarding a "confrontation" between a group of people, which is believed to have taken place just before 8:20 a.m., near Trinity Anglican Church at 24 Collier St.

After being stabbed, Peterson made his way to the Dunlop Street Diner and entered the establishment looking for help.

Restaurant staff assisted him and called 911. Paramedics arrived on scene and rushed Peterson to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed "the violent but isolated interaction," or may have been driving in the area and has dash-cam video, to call investigators at 705-725-7025.