Update: Suspect arrested – Kingston Police investigating assault on K&P Trail near ICH

Integrated Care Hub at 661 Montreal Street, near where the altercation took place. Image from Google Maps.

UPDATE (Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at 2:50 p.m.):

Following their investigation into three people involved in an altercation that sent two of those people to hospital, Kingston Police have arrested a suspect.

That suspect, police said, is one of the three people who were involved in what Kingston Police earlier referred to as “an assault” which they “believe a weapon was used during.” Police would not expand on what type of weapon they believed to have been involved, nor what types of injuries the victims sustained, however police did specify that the injuries were “non-life-threatening in nature.”

As of 2:40 p.m. the same day, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, Kingston Police had arrested one of the three people, the “third individual,” who it appears approached the other two people as the altercation began.

While police did not divulge any further information, Const. Anthony Colangeli, Acting Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, said the arrested person has now been charged with aggravated assault.

Kingstonist will continue to provide updated coverage of this incident if/when more information becomes available.

Original article (Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at 11 a.m.):
Two individuals were taken to hospital after an altercation on the K&P trail in the early morning hours, and Kingston Police are asking anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact them through the details below.

Early in the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, Kingston Police were called to the K&P trail in the area of 661 Montreal Street, the address of Kingston’s Integrated Care Hub (ICH), where an encampment of unhoused individuals has been set up and remained for the past several months.

According to Kingston Police, officers arrived on scene around 4:15 a.m. and located two individuals who were suffering non-life-threatening injuries. According to a media release from police, investigation revealed that these individuals were involved in a physical altercation with a third individual while walking on the trail system. Police believe a weapon was used during the altercation.

Police said that one individual was transported to hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and subsequently released. A second individual was also transported to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and the third individual involved did not sustain any injuries as a result of the altercation.

According to the release, police do not believe this assault was targeted at any specific group of individuals, and advise there is no risk to public safety. While witnesses reported the incident as a stabbing, Kingston Police did not confirm this theory, and would not expand on the weapon police believe to have been involved in the altercation.

“No further information on the type of weapon at this point as the incident is still under investigation,” Const. Anthony Colangeli, Acting Media Relations Officer, said in response to inquiries from Kingstonist.

Colangeli further explained that, while all three of the individuals have been identified, the investigation remains ongoing, therefore it is unknown whether one of those people was responsible for the assault.

“No charges [have been laid] as of yet,” Colangeli relayed. “The incident is still under investigation, which would include investigating each individual’s role or involvement in the incident.”

Police said that security camera footage captured in the area indicates that this incident was observed by several individuals and Kingston Police are asking any individuals who may have witnessed this incident to come forward.

The investigation is ongoing, and as such police are asking anyone with information in regards to this incident to contact Detective Sergeant Blair Watt at 613-549-4660 ext. 6320, or via email at [email protected].

Another serious assault occured in the same area earlier this year when a stabbing occurred in the parking lot of the ICH at the end of March.

With files from Tori Stafford.

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