Update (Tuesday, May 30, 2023):
Kingston Police have now provided further details on the incident that drew a large police presence to Yonge Street this past weekend.
According to police, the violent violent altercation that resulted in the arrest of one local resident was domestic in nature. The victim had attended their partner’s residence on Yonge Street to gather some of their belongings, and an argument ensued between the two. During the argument, the accused person pushed the victim to the ground.
The altercation then continued inside a vehicle belonging to the accused person, where, as the victim tried to exit the vehicle, the accused person grabbed them from behind by the face, injuring their eye, police said in a press release late on Monday, May 29, 2023. The assailant then grabbed the victim by the hair and pulling them back into the vehicle. The accused then assaulted the victim with a pair of pliers.
“The victim screamed out attracting the attention of a nearby witness, who ran to the scene to intervene. The accused subsequently fled from the area,” said Kingston Police, who were called to the scene at approximately 10:45 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, who had suffered “minor injuries” as a result of the attack. The victim was assessed by Frontenac Paramedics on the scene.
As police carried out their investigation, they learned that the victim had been assaulted by the accused person earlier in the month. During this incident, police said, the two were in an argument while inside the accused persons vehicle, and the accused struck the victim in the leg with a tool. Police did not say what type of tool the accused person used as a weapon.
According to police, the accused person was located at their residence at approximately 10:52 a.m. the same day and arrested. The 45-year-old Kingston resident was charged with:
- Two counts of assault with a weapon
- Failure to comply with a release order
The following is a message from Kingston Police:
No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of intimate partner violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact Kingston Police. The following links offer valuable support services and resources in the Kingston area for victims of intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence:
- Kingston Police (613-549-4660)
- Kingston Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee)
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834)
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Original article (Monday, May 29, 2023):
A large presence of emergency responders could be seen on Yonge Street just off of Johnson Street on the morning of Sunday, May 28, 2023, following a violent altercation.
Kingston Police and Frontenac Paramedic Services attended an address on the north end of Yonge Street at some time after 10:30 a.m. that day after emergency services were contacted. Police remained on scene for several hours, and nearby residents reported that an assault had occurred in one of the townhouses of the complex in the 300 block of Yonge Street.
On the morning of Monday, May 29, 2023, Kingston Police confirmed that a violent altercation had occurred, and that one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Noting that the victim was not stabbed, Constable Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police, disclosed that the incident involved an assault with a weapon. The victim was tended to by Frontenac Paramedics on scene, and was not taken to hospital, Gutheinz said, and a 45-year-old Kingston resident was “charged for the offence.”
Police did not disclose further details, but are expected to provide an update to the media later today, Monday, May 29, 2023.
Kingstonist will provide further coverage as more information becomes available.