Lots of police action over knife

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STRATHROY - On Wednesday, 7 April 2021 at approximately 6pm, the Strathroy Caradoc Police Service received an anonymous call regarding a possible fight inside of a residence in the downtown core. The incident occurred at the intersection of Front Street and Caradoc Street - the building labelled “Linda’s Nails”. Information was that one male had a knife inside the home attempting to injure people. More than seven police cruisers, numerous armed police officers (OPP, Strathroy-Caradoc Police), a police dog, and ambulances attended 122 Caradoc Street North.

Police cleared out the residence and a number of individuals were pulled out of the buildings’ residential units. Bystanders at the scene witnessed upwards of 10 people forced to the ground, hands on head, before being led away to cruisers. Eyewitnesses say they saw officers pointing AR15-style weapons into the front doors of the building.

But one male known to police remained inside

the home suspected of having the knife. This male also had outstanding warrants with other jurisdictions.

During the incident the accused assaulted a Peace Officer with a weapon. The officer did not sustain any injuries. With the assistance of Ontario Provincial Police, OPP K9, and OPP Emergency Response Unit the male was subsequently arrested on the strength of the outstanding warrants and charged with Assault a Peace Officer with a weapon. No other people were injured as a result of this incident.

The male is to attend court in London on this charge 25 May 2021. The operation lasted at least and hour and a half. Police were seen attempting to communicate with someone through a basement window. A short section of Caradoc Street North was closed during that time. Approximately 50-100 passers-by gathered to watch at any given time, coming and going, as the incident unfolded.

McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner