Kingston Police say that nine individuals have been arrested and charged following a serious west end bus shelter attack on March 10th.
Eight of the nine individuals that were arrested were between the ages of 13 and 17 and thus have their identities protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Some of the youth were charged with assault with a weapon, and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence. Another youth was charged with failing to comply with a Youth Probation Order condition that prohibited him from being on the property at 945 Gardiners Road.
Kingston Police say that this youth was remanded into custody and the seven other youths were released on undertakings with conditions and a future court date.
The sole individual not protected by a publication ban was 18 year old Seth Snyder-Stokes, who was charged with assault with a weapon, wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, assault, and failing to comply with a previous release order prohibiting him from being on the property at 945 Gardiners Road. Kingston Police report that Snyder-Stokes was subsequently remanded into custody.
Kingston Police confirmed that the victim was targeted with the belief that he was involved in a previous altercation with some of the accused parties.
“The investigation confirmed that the victim had no previous dealings or affiliations with any of the accused parties, and that he was mistakenly identified as such. Kingston Police would like the public to be made aware that assaults on any member of our community will be taken seriously and will be treated as a top priority,” Kingston Police said in a news release.
Kingston Police thanks members of the public who stepped forward to provide valuable information to the investigative team about this incident.