Manon Savoie, 54, was found dead at a Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., shopping center on Wednesday. A man has been charged with first-degree murder.
Marc-André Houle, 43, was charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, and theft of a car at a courthouse in Saint-Hyacinthe on Thursday morning, according to Quebec provincial police.
Valérie Beauchamp, a spokesman for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), said Houle, who hails from Montreal, was already known to officials.
Officials say they have found no connection between the victim and the suspect for the moment.
Police were called to the Galeries St-Hyacinthe mall on Cusson Avenue just after 10 a.m. Wednesday for an assault inside the shopping centre.
The victim, who was from St-Pie, Que., was brought to hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead. The suspect had already fled the scene in a stolen vehicle when police arrived at the scene.
He was located and arrested in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur after a brief car chase involving neighbouring police forces.
Source_ toronto star