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Smashing car windows with axe results in charges for Kingston man

A Kingston Police cruiser sits on Fort Henry Hill overlooking downtown Kingston. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

A local man has been arrested and charged after his aggressions against the windows of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Cataraqui Centre were observed by witnesses and called into police.

According to Kingston Police, the incident occurred at approximately 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021 when witnessed observed the man using an axe to smash windows out of an unattended vehicle parked in the north parking lot of the west-end mall, located at 945 Gardiners Road.

The witnesses contacted police, and responding officers located the accused man still in the parking lot, near the damaged vehicle. All but one of the vehicles windows were damaged, and there were dents in various body panels of the vehicle, as well, according to police. Police retrieved the axe used in the offence, and the accused man was subsequently arrested at approximately 9:10 a.m.

“There appeared to be no clear motive as to why the accused had targeted this specific vehicle with such aggression with his axe,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021.

As a result, Etienne Poulin, 42, of Kingston was charged with mischief over $5,000, and possession of a weapon for committing an offence.

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