UPDATE (Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, 7:10 p.m.):
Shortly after the assault, Kingston Police located the suspect. According to eye witness accounts to the Kingstonist newsroom, the suspect was tracked to an apartment building located on Princess St, situated to the west of the crime scene. At this time, it is believed that the suspect remains barricaded inside the apartment building, however that information has not been corroborated by police. However, Kingston Police have confirmed that the suspect’s movements have been contained and that there is no danger to the public at this time.
UPDATE (Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, 3:20 p.m.):
Kingston Police have provided an update informing the public that “the suspect in relation to an incident which occurred earlier today at the Kingston Center has been identified and located.”
According to police, the suspect no longer poses a risk to public safety.
“Thank you to all who assisted in this matter,” Kingston Police said.
Kingston Police are searching for a suspect and remain on scene investigating an assault near the Kingston Centre on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022.
Kingston Police say the suspect is described as a 50-year-old Caucasian male, with grey or white hair, dressed in a red Queen’s University Facilities t-shirt and wearing red basketball shoes.
“The suspect is considered armed with an edged weapon, ” Kingston Police said in an advisory. “If you see someone matching this description please contact 9-1-1 immediately.”
According to the Limestone District School Board, Kingston Police briefly directed them to go into a Hold And Secure response at nearby schools, including LCVI/Calvin Park Public School, Katarokwi Learning Centre, Educational Services, Centennial Public School, and Polson Park Public School. “A Hold And Secure response is initiated when the threat is proximate to, but not inside, the building,” LDSB said in a statement. “It poses no immediate danger to students or staff unless they leave the building. Dismissal of schools may be affected.”
The Hold And Secure was lifted by 2:17 p.m., LDSB confirmed.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.