Five peo­ple ar­rested fol­low­ing two week­end as­saults

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIN POTTIE epot­tie@cb­post.com

NORTH SYD­NEY — Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two week­end as­saults that led to the ar­rest of five peo­ple.

For two days in a row, po­lice re­sponded to a home on Tobin Road in North Syd­ney af­ter two men were re­port­edly as­saulted by a small group of peo­ple.

Staff Sgt. Mike Kennedy said the first in­ci­dent hap­pened Satur­day af­ter­noon as two young peo­ple be­came in­volved in an ar­gu­ment with the home­owner, a man in his 40s.

Both the home­owner and a friend — de­scribed as a man in his 20s — were taken to the North­side Gen­eral Hospi­tal with mi­nor in­juries. They were treated and re­leased.

Po­lice say they re­turned to the home hours later at 12:05 a.m. Sun­day, af­ter a 911 call of a home in­va­sion and as­sault with a weapon. A knife was later seized by po­lice.

“The home­owner was as­saulted with a weapon and he was taken to hospi­tal with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries,” said Kennedy, adding he be­lieves the man sus­tained in­juries to his face. “Five peo­ple are presently in lockup: three males, two fe­males and our ma­jor crime unit has be­come in­volved.”

Kennedy said the man’s friend also re­ceived mi­nor in­juries as a re­sult of the sec­ond in­ci­dent. He could not say what pro­voked the as­saults.

“There is a past be­tween the home­owner and one of the per­sons charged,” said Kennedy.

The sus­pects, who range in age from 19 to their early 20s, are all fac­ing charges of break-and-en­ter. Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble as­sault charges and pos­si­ble court breaches. Three sus­pects re­mained at the Cape Bre­ton Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre late Sun­day, while two of sus­pects were ex­pected to be re­leased.

Kennedy said one of the ac­cused, a 19-year-old man, re­ceived mi­nor in­juries Sun­day. He was treated and re­leased at hospi­tal and has been kept in cus­tody.

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