Tuesday police briefs – assaults and more

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Aggravated assault

Shortly after 1 a.m. this morning, Chatham-Kent police responded to a physical altercation outside an establishment on King Street West in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that a man pushed the victim, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the sidewalk. 

The victim, a 39-year-old Dover Township man, was transported by ambulance to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and transferred to Windsor for medical attention. 

A 28-year-old Chatham man has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Another assault 

Last night, police responded to a disturbance on King Street East in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that one man attempted to punch another and then made stabbing gestures towards the man while holding a wooden stick.

Offices located the man, and the wooden stick carved with a sharp tip was seized. Christopher Butler, 47, of no fixed address, is charged with assault, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault with a weapon. 

Rifle stolen in Howard Township

Sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning, someone entered the unlocked office of a livestock barn on Beechwood Line and stole a .22 calibre rifle, ammunition and an animal prod. 

Total value of the theft has been estimated at $700.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Mark Smith at marksm@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87162. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Youths charged with theft 

On Sunday night, a 13-year-old boy reached out to a 14-year-old boy offering to sell a pair of shoes. The youth agreed to buy them for $200 and arrangements were made to meet in the parking lot of a local school. 

The 14-year-old attended the school with a friend to buy the shoes. As the youths were about to exchange the shoes for money, police say the seller’s older brother came around the corner, dressed in dark clothing and stole the victim’s cash and assaulted his friend. 

Police were notified of the incident and both teen boys were arrested yesterday. 

A 13-year-old Chatham boy has been charged with theft under $5000. The 16-year-old Chatham boy has been charged with theft under $5000 and assault. Both were released pending a future court date.

Crash leads to impaired charge

Last night, police received information about a fail to remain collision on McNaughton Avenue in Chatham. 

Officers located the man on Centre Side Road when he backed his vehicle into the ditch, while attempting to turn around. 

Through investigation, police believed the man was driving while under the influence of alcohol and he was arrested. 

The man was transported to police headquarters for breath tests where he refused to provide a sample. 

A 37-year-old Windsor man has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit and refusing to provide a suitable sample of his breath.  

Theft of electronics

Sometime between Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 10 a.m., someone forced their way into a residence on Taylor Avenue. 

Once inside, the suspect(s) stole a PlayStation 4 gaming system and laptop. Total value of the theft has been estimated at $1,500.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Max Bossence at maxb@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87346. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward. 

Stolen vehicle recovered

Last night, police received information about a possible stolen pick-up truck in a parking lot on Communications Road. 

Through investigation, police located the truck and confirmed that it had been stolen from Windsor earlier in the day. The two occupants in the vehicle were arrested.

Peter Gatfield, 37, of Shrewsbury, and Colin Srokosz, 29, of no fixed address, are charged with being in possession of property obtained by a crime.

The registered owner of the vehicle was notified and attended to retrieve his truck.

Breach of conditions

Last Friday, the man drove by the residence of a teen girl, with whom he is not to have contact with. Police were notified of the incident. 

Yesterday morning, the man attended police headquarters and turned himself in. 

The 19-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with failing to comply with his release conditions.

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