Kingston Police lay charges after early morning incident on Douglas Avenue
On the morning of Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022, Kingston Police had asked people to avoid the area of Douglas Avenue and Elliot Avenue as they responded to an incident in the area. A local individual is now facing charges in connection with this incident.
At approximately 3:40 a.m. that morning, Kingston Police responded to a call at a residence on Douglas Avenue. According to police, the victim, who resided at this home, had been threatened by his roommate, the accused, who was in the process of damaging the residence and making threats.
Police said that once at the scene, further investigation revealed that the accused, who had appeared to be “under the influence of a controlled substance, had initially entered the victim’s bedroom aggressively with a hammer in their hand. The accused had then raised the hammer toward the victim’s face, as if prepared to strike them with it, which caused the victim to fear for their safety,” police stated.
According to a media release, the accused had then departed the bedroom, with the hammer still in hand, and began to damage various parts of the residence with the tool. Police said that upon their arrival, the accused barricaded himself in the residence at which time police set up containment around the home. At one point, the accused reportedly yelled out of the window to police that they were going to continue to do further extensive damage to the residence.
The Kingston Police Emergency Response Unit also responded to the scene and police negotiators attempted to speak with the accused and diffuse the situation.
At approximately 7:55 a.m., after extensive negotiation attempts had been made, police arrested the accused inside the residence and they were subsequently transported to police headquarters where they were held to attend a bail hearing. Although the accused was confrontational with police, the incident was ultimately brought to a peaceful and safe resolution, police said.
A 38-year-old local individual was charged with:
- assault with a weapon,
- uttering threats to cause property damage,
- mischief under $5,000, and
- two counts of breach of probation.