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Kingston man facing multiple charges after resisting arrest

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A Kingston man is facing multiple charges after assaulting two police officers and resisting arrest after causing a disturbance in a downtown apartment building.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jun. 18, 2021, Kingston Police were dispatched to a downtown Kingston apartment building where there was a reported disturbance in progress. According to a release from Kingston Police, witnesses had reported that the accused male was yelling in the hallway of the apartment building, banging on windows, and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Police responded and located the accused male asleep in the stairwell of the building. According to police, when they attempted to wake him the male became verbally abusive and physically aggressive toward the officers. While still laying on the floor the accused repositioned his body and proceeded to kick both officers.

At approximately 1:35 p.m. the accused was arrested after actively resisting the officer’s attempts to handcuff him, police said. The accused was searched incident to arrest and police located two bags containing various drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police seized the bags which were found to contain baggies of a substance suspected of being crystal methamphetamine, a bag of a substance suspected of being hashish, a large quantity of suspected cannabis, and baggies containing a substance suspected of being fentanyl, according to the release.

The accused was subsequently transported to police headquarters where he was held to attend a future bail hearing.

Michael Cornwall, a 33-year-old local man, was charged with:

  • two counts of assaulting a peace officer,
  • resisting arrest,
  • two counts of possession of a schedule 1 substance for trafficking,
  • unlawful possession of a schedule 2 substance,
  • adult possession over 30 grams in a public place, and
  • four counts of failing to comply with a release order.
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