A 32-year-old local man who has four separate firearms prohibitions attempted to flee on foot after he was found by the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit through GPS ankle-bracelet monitoring to be in possession of an Airsoft pistol and drugs.
Between 2009 and 2013 the accused received four separate firearms prohibitions, three of them life-long, as a result of past serious convictions. Then in December of 2016 he attended a bail hearing in relation to earlier Kingston Police charges of drug trafficking, possession of a weapon and possession of stolen property.
He was later released by a Justice of the Peace on various conditions, including curfew, to stay with his surety, not to be in possession of drugs or weapons, and to be fitted with a GPS monitoring device, namely an ankle bracelet.
The accused is well-known to Kingston Police and out of concern for public safety and his history of continued criminal behaviour the Street Crime Unit began monitoring his initial movements through the GPS ankle bracelet.
Then on January 4, 2017, officers began physically surveilling the man who at approximately 1:30 p.m. exited a residence in the 800-block of Montreal Street carrying a bag and was in breach of his Recognizance since he was not in the presence of his surety.
When an officer attempted to arrest the accused he dropped the bag and fled on foot. With the assistance of uniform patrol the man was arrested a short distance later in the front lobby of a Village Drive apartment building.
The bag was recovered and found inside was an Airsoft gun (pictured above) with pellets and a live CO2 cartridge, a firearm as defined in the Criminal Code but without the same storage and registration requirements. Also discovered was a marijuana grinder with loose marijuana inside.
The accused was transported to police headquarters and lodged in cells to attend a bail hearing the following day. He faces the following charges:
Possession of a firearm while prohibited (4 counts)
Possession of a controlled substance
Breach of Recognizance (4 counts)
Release source: Kingston Police