Local individual arrested after unprovoked attack in downtown Kingston

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No injuries were sustained after two people, who had been walking on Princess Street, were accosted by an individual who thrust needle-nose pliers into the arm of one of them, according to police.

At approximately 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024, the pair were walking in the area of Princess and Clergy Streets in downtown Kingston when the attack took place. According to a release from Kingston Police, officers learned that the victim and a friend had been walking on Princess Street and had observed the accused approaching them while waving a pointed implement in the air in an erratic motion.

“The accused then made a thrusting motion toward the victim, with what was now confirmed to be needle nose pliers, striking them forcefully in the arm,” police said.

According to the release, the unprovoked attack did not injure the victim, who, along with their friend, was able to get away from the accused. However, police noted the incident caused both of the pedestrians to fear for their safety and question why this stranger committed the assault in the first place.

“Officers located and arrested the accused in the area shortly after the assault. A search of the accused following the arrest revealed that they were in possession of needle nose pliers,” police stated.

The accused was subsequently transported to police headquarters where they were held to attend an upcoming bail hearing.

The 41-year-old local individual was charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, and two counts of breaching probation, according to Kingston Police.

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