UPDATE: Five arrested after violent attack at mall bus shelter in Kingston’s west end
UPDATE (Monday, Mar. 20, 2023):
In a media release, dated Saturday, Mar. 18, 2023, Kingston Police expressed their thanks to the public after identifying all suspects involved in an attack at the Kingston Transit transfer station outside the Cataraqui Centre on Friday, Mar. 10, 2023.
“Kingston Police would like to express our thanks to the public for all of the tips and information that they provided, which has inevitably led to all suspects, persons of interest and witnesses now being identified,” the release reads.
The request for public assistance had originally been made by the Kingston Police Criminal Investigations Division on Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2023, in order to assist them in identifying various individuals who may have been involved or who may have witnessed the serious assault, at a bus transfer station in Kingston’s west end, police said in the release.
“Due to all of the information that was provided to police, identifications were made in short order and members of the community can now rest assured that those involved in this incident are being held accountable for their actions,” police noted.
According to the release, charges in relation to this incident will be provided publicly in an upcoming media release at a future date and “police are once again grateful that members of our community worked so vigilantly and cohesively together to bring resolution to this unfortunate and violent incident.”
Of the reported six suspects involved in the violent, unprompted attack on one individual who was waiting at a mall bus stop, five have been arrested.
Kingston Police announced the arrests on Friday, Mar. 17, 2023, one week after the random attack sent the victim to hospital. The victim had been waiting inside one of the glass bus shelters at the Kingston Transit transfer station located just outside the Cataraqui Centre at 945 Gardiners Road.
“Thanks to numerous tips from the public, as well as a comprehensive investigation by detectives in the Kingston Police Criminal Investigations Division, these five, now accused, suspects are being held accountable for the violence that was displayed, not only via video footage of the attack, but also in front of numerous onlookers on the original date of the offence,” Kingston Police said in a statement.
“Police further wish to reassure the community that any other suspects who may have been involved in this violent assault are still being sought and investigators are working diligently to ensure that they too are held accountable for their actions.”
Thanking all those who have come forward as eyewitnesses or with information, Kingston Police said the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with additional information on the incident, or who is able to identify those in the above photos – who are considered either persons of interest or witnesses – is asked to contact Det. Stefan Walker at 613-549-4660 ext. 6332 or via email at [email protected].
Asked whether police believe there were more than six suspects involved in the incident, as originally reported, Kingston Police said that they are simply looking to speak with the individuals pictured to assist in their investigation. Kingstonist also inquired as to what charges were laid againstthe five people arrested. Const. Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, said that if more information is released with regard to this incident, the charges laid are likely to be made public at that time.
3 thoughts on “UPDATE: Five arrested after violent attack at mall bus shelter in Kingston’s west end”
I am horrified by this story. As a person who uses the transit system and uses a walker, stories of attacks ON the busses and now at shelters, I feel afraid to venture out. What I’d happening to our society?
Great job Kingston police! These young people need to understand the seriousness of their actions and hopefully learn to become better people. Kingston is a safe city and we want to keep it that way.
It seems our generation next feels entitlement ..and above the law …want it all but don’t want to work for it..it seems that most are given the house car keys and money and told to stay out of trouble but not taught respect or social skills all they know is gangtype bullying ..this is not an isolated event…this is where the “home invasion” crime got its roots