Police responding to a neighbour dispute ended up dealing with an issue between two parents and their son, and the subsequent arrest and charging of that son.
Police attended a residence downtown at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019. Police had been called due to an ongoing dispute between neighbours, and the complainant wished to have the male accused warned about attending his residence. Police spoke with the accused man, who was cautioned and agreed not to go to his neighbour’s home.
Prior to police leaving, the parents of the accused man indicated that they had serious concerns about their son’s ongoing behaviour. According to Kingston Police, both parents indicated that they had been the victims of death threats by the accused, their son.
The first incident of the accused man’s threats and assaults occurred in 2015. At that time, both of the victims were sleeping and awoke to find the accused man standing over their bed holding a large butcher knife above his head. In the incident, the accused man didn’t speak to the victims, and eventually put the knife down. Police had attended the residence on that occasion, but the incident was not reported as both victims did not want their son charged.
According the victims, the behaviour continued when, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, the male victim, the father, was sitting in the living room of his home when the accused man, his son, approached him with a serrated knife. The accused man placed his knee on the victim’s arm, pinning him to the chair. The accused man then held a knife to the victim’s throat before he finally relinquished the weapon. In that incident, the victim sustained no injuries, according to Kingston Police.
Then, late in the evening on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, the accused man threatened to suffocate the male victim in his sleep. The victim then placed a large dresser in front of his bedroom door to prevent the accused man from entering. During this incident, the accused indicated multiple times that he was going to kill both victims.
Police arrested the accused man. The 34-year-old Kingston man was charged with threats to cause death, uttering threats to cause bodily harm, assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, criminal harassment, and breach of recognizance.