Kingston, Ontario – A 26-year-old local man who randomly assaulted a pedestrian is also facing charges of assault against the responding officers and resisting arrest.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on October 3, 2016, the accused was walking along Safari Drive talking to himself and appearing in an agitated state. When a 69-year-old resident simply walked by the 26-year-old began to confront and accuse the man. The senior attempted to walk away from the accused but then noticed he was being followed. The victim ran to a nearby house to seek help when the accused approached and then struck him in the stomach. The homeowner opened his door and the accused walked away from the scene.
Two Kingston Police uniform patrol officers were dispatched and attended the area. One officer quickly located the accused and attempted to speak to him, but the man began swearing at the officer and then struck him in the head with a closed fist. The two went to the ground as the officer attempted to affect an arrest as the accused continued to resist. The second officer came to assist and was also assaulted by the man. Pepper spray was deployed by one officer to gain compliance and the accused was eventually handcuffed and controlled.
Paramedics were dispatched to the scene to assess and render medical assistance to both the officers and the accused for any injuries sustained and exposure to the pepper spray. All injuries are believed to be minor. The accused was transported to hospital while under police escort to be evaluated for his injuries and to have a psychological assessment. Once released from hospital he will be taken to police headquarters to be processed and charged with assault, two counts of assault police, two counts of resisting arrest, and one count of breach of probation.
Police File: 16-30233
Kingston Police Service