London, Ontario – A London man was arrested after assaulting a member of the public, as well as three London police officers yesterday evening.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 19, 2020, a man was seated at a downtown park when, unprovoked, a male suspect struck him with a stick multiple times. The victim fled from the suspect and police were contacted.
Members of the LPS Community Foot Patrol Unit attended the area, and several witnesses advised officers that they had witnessed the incident. Through photographs taken by witnesses to the assault, police were able to identify the suspect. Officers located him in the area of Richmond and Pall Mall streets.
Upon police arrival, the suspect fled on foot, throwing pylons into the southbound lanes of Richmond Street in an attempt to evade officers. The suspect ran through lanes of traffic, and when stopped by police, resisted arrest and continued running through the street.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., police took physical control of the suspect, and the man spat on the arresting officer’s face. The suspect spat on a second officer, and proceeded to bite him during the arrest. After being handcuffed, the suspect refused to walk to the police cruiser. A third police officer was spit on multiple times, and the suspect attempted to bite the officer while being transported to the cruiser.
The original victim sustained minor injuries and did not wish to proceed with charges, while two of the officers sustained minor injuries, and the third was un-injured.
As a result of the investigation, Robert Wauboose Land, 35, of London, is charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences:
• Causing a disturbance;
• Mischief under $5000;
• Resist arrest; and
• Three counts of assault a peace officer.
The accused is scheduled to appear in London court today in relation to the charges.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com
London Police Service
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