Downtown beat cop intervenes after knife-wielding suspect harasses, threatens random victim

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A local resident has been arrested after their aggressive, threatening, and harassing behaviour escalated with the introduction of a large knife.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2024, and a downtown patrol officer was integral in deescalating the situation, according to those officers present at the Kingston Police Services Board meeting the following day.

According to police, at approximately 3:45 p.m. on June 19, the victim was walking on Princess Street in downtown Kingston when they were approached by the suspect near Division Street.

“The accused spoke to the victim indicating that they wanted the hat that they were wearing. The victim attempted to walk away however, the accused then removed the hat from their head and threw it on the roadway. The accused then told the victim that if they retrieved the hat from the roadway that they would slit their throat,” police relayed.

Police said the victim quickly retrieved their hat before continuing on their way. But the incident was far from over.

“A short time later the victim was walking back down Princess Street when they observed the accused for a second time. The victim observed that the accused now had a large knife in their hand. The accused reminded the victim that they would slit their throat prior to blocking them from passing on the sidewalk. The victim quickly crossed the road and called police for assistance,” Kingston Police said in a press release.

“Almost simultaneously, the downtown beat officer was driving through the intersection of Princess Street and Division Street when they observed the accused standing in the roadway acting erratically. The accused observed the approaching police cruiser and immediately retrieved the large knife from their pocket and began to make aggressive gestures with it toward police.”

Police detailed that the officer exited their cruiser and “made requests for the accused to drop the knife.” Instead, the suspect placed the knife on a nearby railing, which was still within reach. The officer then noticed that “several knives and scissors” were on the same railing, and “requested that the accused step away from the weapons.”

“The accused refused to comply with police directions,” Kingston Police said.

“Additional officers from the General Patrol Division quickly arrived on scene to assist and, following a brief altercation with police, the accused was taken into custody. Throughout the arrest process the accused had refused police commands, yelled obscenities, and was aggressively resistant.”

The accused was transported to Kingston Police Headquarters and held for a bond hearing that took place today, Thursday, Jun. 20, 2024. Police did not disclose the outcome of that hearing.

According to police, the 36-year-old from Kingston was charged with:

  • Robbery while using threats of violence
  • Uttering threats to cause death
  • Possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace
  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Causing a disturbance by yelling
  • Two counts of breach of probation

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