Guelph police have apprehended a 17-year-old boy following an incident where he allegedly whipped a man in his 70s with a belt. The incident occurred in a parking lot near Willow and Dawson roads on Monday, just before 4 p.m.
An argument ensued between the teenager and the elderly man, resulting in the teenager leaving the area momentarily. However, he returned shortly after and proceeded to remove his belt. In a surprising turn of events, he reportedly used it to whip the elderly man twice, causing minor injuries to the victim’s arm.
Law enforcement quickly located the teenager nearby and subsequently charged him with assault with a weapon. The exact motive behind the altercation remains unknown.
The Guelph Police Service is committed to maintaining public safety and swiftly responding to any form of assault. The arrest of the teenager serves as a reminder that such violent acts will not be tolerated within the community.
Authorities continue their investigation into the incident to gather additional details about the altercation and any possible underlying factors. Further updates may be provided as the investigation progresses.
It is essential for residents to remain vigilant and report any instances of violence or suspicious behavior to the police. By working together, the community can help ensure a safer and more secure environment for all its members.