Five people arrested following two weekend assaults
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.