Police responding to youths causing problems at the Cataraqui Centre ended up dealing with a belligerent man at the adjacent library, but were forced to continue seeking the man involved after he fled from officers on foot.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 when, at approximately 8 p.m., an officer was sitting in a marked cruiser after responding to the issues involving youths at the mall. While in their cruiser, the officer heard the accused man, a teenager, causing a disturbance in front of the Isabel Turner branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The man was yelling loudly and directing vulgar comments towards the police officer, and parents exiting the library with their young children rushed to their vehicles to avoid the man, according to a press release from Kingston Police.
The officer approached the accused man, and provided false information when asked for identification. The officer observed that the man had been drinking, and advised him that he wa under arrest for causing a disturbance. When searching the man’s pockets, the officer located a wallet, but the accused man then pulled away from the officer and fled on foot. Police retained his wallet, and the photo ID inside it was under a different name than the man had given earlier.
The following day at approximately 9 p.m., an officer on regular patrol observed the accused man walking westbound on John Counter Boulevard near Montreal Street. The officer approached the man, who immediately surrendered and was subsequently arrested.
The 18-year-old local man was charged with resisting a peace officer, obstructing a police officer, causing a disturbance by shouting and swearing, and escape of the lawful custody of a peace officer.