Two teens facing weapons charges after unprovoked altercation

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Two youths are facing charges after initiating an altercation at a business in the area of Bath Road and Princess Street over the weekend.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2025, the two accused youths arrived at the business on foot and began yelling at two other individuals who were about to enter the premises, according to a release from Kingston Police.

“This encounter was unprovoked, and the two accused youths had had no previous interactions with the other individuals who had been about to enter the business,” police said.

“The two accused youths continued to attempt to elicit a reaction from the other individuals while also expressing their eagerness to engage in a physical altercation. The victims attempted to ignore the youths, however their verbal barrage continued.”

According to police, the two accused youths then sprayed a fire extinguisher toward the victims, dousing them both with the white powdery contents of the canister. An employee at the business attempted to intervene, police noted, however, one of the accused youths then threatened them with the fire extinguisher before pulling out a long machete-style knife from their pants. The youth reportedly moved toward the employee attempting to intimidate them with the weapon. However, when it was indicated that the police would be called, the two youths immediately fled the scene.

Police said that officers quickly attended this location and, after searching the surrounding neighbourhoods, located both youths in the area of Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and Elmwood Street. A brief foot pursuit ensued with both youths attempting to elude the police. Officers arrested the first youth at approximately 1:10 a.m. and the second was discovered hiding in a parking lot and subsequently arrested at approximately 1:20 a.m., according to the release.

Both accused youths were then transported to police headquarters where they were held to attend a bail hearing the following day.

A 16-year-old local youth was charged with:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Failing to comply with a YCJA sentence

A 15-year-old local youth was charged with:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Having their face masked with the intent to commit an indictable offence

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