A chance meeting between two groups of people socializing in a downtown establishment ended with a large violent altercation and a call to the police – who were also assaulted when they attempted to intervene.
The incident began when the four victims – three females and one male – went to a downtown restaurant/bar at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. There, the four victims met two men, the two men now accused in the incident. The six of them had some conversation, and it was apparent the two accused men were intoxicated, according to Kingston Police.
At approximately 12:45 a.m., the group of six left the establishment and went to a midtown residence. Once there, the first accused man became belligerent. When asked to stop, the man went into a fit of rage and began assaulting the male victim in the foursome. As the situation escalated, both of the accused men began violently assaulting all four victims before police were notified.
Responding officers located the first accused man sitting in the driver’s seat of a running motor vehicle near the residence. Police observed that the man was intoxicated and showed signs of impairment. When question by police, the accused man became “extremely belligerent and uncooperative,” according to Kingston Police. After a brief altercation where the accused man resisted arrest and fought with an officer, the man was arrested. The second accused man was also arrested after he too attempted to fight responding police.
As a result, a 52-year-old local man was charged with four counts of assault, obstructing police, assaulting police, impaired operation of a vehicle, and failing to provide a breath sample. Addition, a 22-year-old local man was charged with three counts of assault, obstructing police, and assaulting police.