Suspect arrested after robbery with weapon at downtown Kingston store

A Kingston Police cruiser blocks the southbound lane of Montreal Street during an investigation on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, involving a robbery at a downtown Kingston store. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer./Kingstonist

A flurry of Kingston Police activity in the city’s downtown core over the lunch hour resulted in the swift apprehension of a blade-wielding shoplifter.

Just as the noon hour began on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, Kingston Police received a reported from a business in downtown Kingston. The business, which is located on Princess Street between Montreal and Bagot Streets, contacted police after someone in the store was “observed attempting to shoplift from the business,” according to Constable Anthony Colangeli, a Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police.

“Upon being approach by a loss prevention officer, the individual brandished an edged weapon before fleeing from the store,” Colangeli told Kingstonist.

Officers arriving to the area “quickly located” the suspect on Montreal Street between Princess and Queen Streets. There, police, weapons drawn, tackled the suspect to the ground, according to a witness. The suspect was arrested by officers before being transported to Kingston Police Headquarters, where they will be held pending a bail hearing.

The large police presence the incident drew remained in the area well past 1 p.m., as it appeared officers were searching rain drains for something with the assistance of Utilities Kingston employees.

Kingston Police and Utilities Kingston on Montreal Street appeared to be searching for something in rain drains following a robbery in downtown Kingston on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer/Kingstonist.

According to police, the arrested individual, a 49-year-old resident of Kingston, was charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Uttering threats
  • Resisting a peace officer/arrest
  • Four counts of breach of probation

Kingston Police are expected to release further details on this case later in the day. Police did not release the name of the store where the robbery occurred. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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