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Man on bicycle arrested for wearing holstered firearm

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A local man was arrested after police observed he was wearing a holstered firearm and collapsible baton while bicycling near the Kingston Centre.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, police, while on general patrol, noticed the accused male riding a bicycle in the area of Jane Avenue and Avenue Road in Kingston. As police approached the male they observed that he was wearing a holstered firearm on his right side. According to police, the officers further observed that the accused was equipped with a holstered collapsible baton on his waist.

Police stopped the male, who they recognized from previous dealings, and observed that he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, according to a report issued Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The accused made several hand movements toward the holstered firearm however police, after using effective tactical communications, were able to arrest him without further incident.

Upon searching the accused male, it was discovered that the holstered firearm was a CO2 powered BB handgun. Police also seized a collapsible baton and a large trench style knife, the report said. A second hand held knuckle style punching knife was also seized. A quantity of a substance suspected to be crystal methamphetamine was discovered in the coat that the accused had been wearing.

The accused was transported to police headquarters where he was held to attend a bail hearing at a later date.

A 24-year-old local man was charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace and unlawful possession of a schedule 1 substance.

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