Two people have been arrested after a tourist was attacked in an attempted robbery this weekend, and members of the public interceded to help apprehend the suspect.
The Police confirmed that at approximately 5:10pm yesterday [Apr.23], two male visitors were accosted by a local man near the public restrooms on Queen Street. One of the visitors was hit in his head with a “blunt object,” causing a wound.
Members of the public intervened and as a result the suspect, a 37 year old Devonshire man, was arrested, and a 40 year old woman was also arrested in connection with the incident.
A passerby told Bernews that at least one of the visitors appeared to be with his wife and children, and the children were crying after the incident.
The passerby said that a couple of local men caught the suspect immediately after the incident and held him down till the Police arrived.
A Police spokesman said, “At 5:25pm on Saturday, Police attended a reported attempted robbery at Par-La-Ville Park in the City of Hamilton. It appears that around 5:10pm that day two American male visitors were accosted by a local male near the public restroom facilities on Queen Street.”
“During the confrontation the suspect struck one of the visitors, a 48 year old man, with a blunt object causing a head wound. Members of the public intervened and as a result the suspect, a 37 year old Devonshire man, was arrested. A 40 year old Pembroke woman was also arrested in connection with the incident.”
“The second male visitor, a 42 year old man, was not injured and nothing was taken from either visitor. Apparently the victim’s injury did not require hospital treatment. Inquiries into this incident are underway by the Hamilton Criminal Investigation Unit.”
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