Update: arrested – Kingston Police searching for suspect after assault and threat offences

Brian Leonard, 30, of Kingston. Photo via Kingston Police.

Update (Monday, Jun. 12, 2023):

A man with a bench warrant out for his arrest – and additional pending charges after assaulting and threatening a family member – has turned himself in at Kingston Police Headquarters.

Brian Stephen Leonard, after failing to appear in court on Thursday, Jun. 8, 2023, in relation to prior offences, became further wanted by police after a distressed family member of Leonard’s called Kingston Police on Saturday, Jun. 10, 2023. Leonard had fled his family member’s home, but further investigation by police found grounds to charge Leonard with assault, uttering threats to cause death, and mischief. Those charges were in relation to events on Saturday morning involving the family member, according to police, who issued a press release the same day requesting public assistance to locate Leonard.

Later that same day, at approximately 10:35 p.m., Leonard attended police headquarters to turn himself in. Leonard was subsequently arrested and held to attend a future bail hearing, Kingston Police said in an updated press release on Monday, Jun. 12, 2023.

As a result, the 30-year-old local man has been charged with assault, uttering threats to cause death, and mischief under $5,000.

“Kingston Police wish to thank the public for their support and the tips that were provided in relation to this individual,” police said.

Original article (Saturday, Jun. 10, 2023):
Kingston Police have asked for the public’s help in locating a male after he allegedly committed several violent offences.

“A 30-year-old local man, Brian Stephen Leonard, who had a recent bench warrant issued for his arrest, is additionally being sought by Kingston Police after an event where he became violent and threatening towards a family member,” Kingston Police said in a press release on the afternoon of Saturday, Jun. 10, 2023.

Kingston Police said that on Jun. 8, 2023, Leonard failed to appear in court in relation to prior offences, and consequently a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

“Then at approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 10th Kingston Police responded to a call from a distressed family member of Leonard’s, who had fled their residence. Upon further investigation by Kingston Police detectives and uniform patrol members, grounds were formed to charge Leonard with assault, uttering threats to cause death, and mischief, all in relation to events that morning with the family member,” Kingston Police relayed.

According to police, Leonard had fled the scene and multiple attempts using various methods to locate him were unsuccessful.

“Kingston Police continue to make efforts to bring him into custody, but are asking members of the public to call 9-1-1 if he is seen or with any other information that may assist in locating him. The most recent updates obtained by police indicated Leonard may have last been in or near the areas of Portsmouth and Sydenham Districts. He is believed to be on foot,” Kingston Police continued.

Kingston Police advised the public not to approach this male due to his recent actions and behaviour. It is unknown if he is armed with any weapons.

Leonard is described by Kingston Police as 30 years old, 5’10” to 6’1” tall, weighing approximately 220 pounds, and having short red partially balding hair. He is believed to be wearing shorts, grey sneakers, and a t-shirt under a possibly grey zip-up hoodie.

Anyone with emergent or time-sensitive information is pleased asked to call 9-1-1 and provide Brian Leonard’s name or the occurrence number of 23-22812. Non-emergent information can be directed to the front desk at 613-549-4660 ext. 0.

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