Local individual arrested after robbery and assault with hammer

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

A local 33-year-old is facing charges after robbing and assaulting an individual last month.

According to a release from Kingston Police, at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2024, the victim was walking in the area of Mack Street in downtown Kingston when they were approached by the accused who asked for directions to Kingston’s west end while standing outside of their parked vehicle.

“The victim agreed to accompany the accused in their vehicle to provide directions on how to get to a west end location. The accused indicated that they were visiting from out of town for work purposes and that they were staying at a short-term rental accommodation at this address,” police detailed.

“Upon arriving at their destination, the victim exited the vehicle, at which time the accused struck them on the head with a hammer. The accused then demanded that the victim turn over their cell phone and wallet to which they complied. The accused then fled from the scene in their vehicle.”

Police said the victim was transported to the hospital by Frontenac Paramedics with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the release, on Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2024, after a lengthy and comprehensive police investigation, officers located the accused at a Wilson Street address. The accused was subsequently arrested for the violent robbery, and was transported to police headquarters where they were held to attend a bail hearing the following day.

Robert Cotter, the 33-year-old local individual, was charged with:

  • Robbery with violence
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Possessing a weapon for committing an offence
  • Operating a motor vehicle while prohibited
  • Four counts of breach of probation

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