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Threatening store employee, resisting arrest ends in charges for Kingston man

A local man has been arrested and charged following an early morning altercation in Kingston’s north end, where he caused a disturbance and threatened to punch a store clerk.

Multiple Kingston Police officers responded to a gas station on Division Street after a store employee there was threatened by a member of the public, who was acting erratically, in the early morning hours of Monday, Jun. 6, 2022. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

The incident occurred at a gas station in the area of Division Street and Benson Avenue at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Monday, Jun. 6, 2022, when the suspect entered the store at the gas station. A store clerk who observed the suspect acting erratically told police it appeared the man was under the influence of drugs.

The man approached the victim, the store clerk, and began to yell. As the store employee feared for their safety, the suspect made the motion of threatening to punch the employee in the face, according to a press release from Kingston Police on Tuesday, Jun. 7, 2022. The suspect then exited the store, still screaming and hollering, and police were contacted.

“Upon police arrival, the accused was located still loitering outside of the store. The accused, upon observing police, then attempted to flee from the scene. Police pursued the accused on foot and attempted to effect an arrest however, the accused became combative towards the officer and attempted to kick him multiple times,” Kingston Police said.

“While on the ground, the accused continued to act erratically and aggressively and would not listen to police requests to stop resisting arrest.”

According to police, the accused man was handcuffed and taken into custody following a “brief struggle” with officers. He continued to yell at police as he was placed in the back of a cruiser, police said.

The 34-year-old Kingston man was charged with assault, uttering threats to cause bodily harm, resisting arrest, and causing a disturbance.

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