Police charge vigilante who they say targeted innocent woman

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Ottawa police were investigating a series of vehicle break-ins in the Lincoln Heights area of the city when a resident decided to take matters into his own hands. He's been charged. (Martin Trainor/CBC - image credit)
Ottawa police were investigating a series of vehicle break-ins in the Lincoln Heights area of the city when a resident decided to take matters into his own hands. He's been charged. (Martin Trainor/CBC - image credit)

A 29-year-old Ottawa man faces assault charges after he allegedly targeted an innocent woman thinking she was responsible for vehicle break-ins.

Ottawa police began investigating a number of thefts from vehicles around the Lincoln Heights neighbourhood in early October.

Various officers and community groups worked with residents about the break-ins, police wrote in a release Friday afternoon, but one person thought he would take matters into his own hands.

On Halloween, police allege the man accosted a woman he believed was responsible for the break-ins.

Police later determined she was not involved, and they charged the man Thursday with assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Police say acts of vigilantism are illegal and can put people in danger. They urge anyone who witnesses a crime to call 911 immediately or file an online report after the fact.

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