Suspect arrested after brandishing knife during morning argument

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One person has been arrested and charged after an incident occurred in the King’s Town district of Kingston over the past weekend.

According to Kingston Police, the arrest and charges are related to the accused person having brandished a knife in a “threatening manner” during an outdoor argument with another person in broad daylight.

The incident occurred on Saturday, Jul. 6, 2024, when, at approximately 9:05 a.m., two parties engaged in a verbal dispute on the sidewalk alongside Montreal Street near Rideau Street. In a press release on Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2024, police detailed that, during the argument, the accused party removed a “large knife” from their waistband and “pointed it at the other party, the victim, in a threatening manner.”

Kingston Police told Kingstonist that the accused party and the victim were the only people involved in the dispute, and confirmed that both parties are Kingston residents.

“Bystanders were able to separate the two individuals and the accused then fled the scene running east on Rideau Street,” Kingston Police said.

“Police were notified and quickly attended the scene, however, a search for the accused produced negative results. The victim was not injured during the incident.”

According to police, the accused person was located and arrested hours later at approximately 3:55 p.m. at the same intersection where the incident occurred. The 49-year-old was taken to Kingston Police Headquarters and held for a bail hearing (the results of which were not disclosed), after being charged with assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable Ash Gutheinz, a Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, explained that “even just the threat of the use of a weapon is enough to constitute the charge of assault with a weapon.” He reiterated that neither of the involved parties were injured.

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