POLICE NOTES: Jail Break-In, Assault on Ice, and Downtown Stabbing

There are 145,000 stories in the Royal City, and this is some of them. Looking at a week’s worth of media releases from the Guelph Police Service, there’s a lot going on in our little city crime-wise speaking, so let’s run down some of the charges, issues, and requests for information from the Guelph Police Service over the last seven days.

***Please note that not all offenses and police calls are reported in the daily Guelph Police media release.


A 26-year-old Guelph female is charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing a weapon contrary to a prohibition order and two counts of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking last Sunday morning. Police responded to a call at a downtown apartment where an adult woman was found suffering from stab wounds. She was taken to a Hamilton trauma centre for treatment.

The suspect was located about 45 minutes later, and when arrested a search revealed a spring-assisted knife and several small packages containing suspected crack cocaine and crystal meth. Despite the arrest the investigation is ongoing, and if you should have any information call Detective Constable Joel Apps of the Guelph Police Service Major Crime Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7162, or email at japps [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 35-year-old Guelph woman was charged with assault, assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and three counts of failing to comply with a release order after police were called to a residence near Paisley and Stephanie. An argument turned physical when the woman held an axe over her head in a threatening manner, which caused the man she was arguing with to fear for his life.

A 31-year-old Guelph male was arrested Monday and charged with assault causing bodily harm after a March 5 hockey game where a player was struck several times in the back of the head and pulled to the ice, sustaining injuries to his teeth and gums which required dentistry work. Once on the ice he was repeatedly punched in the head and face.

A 19-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and unauthorized possession of a weapon. Police were called to a residence near Pine Ridge and Periwinkle last Sunday afternoon when a man confronted a neighbour for pouring something into a sewer drain, which lead to a verbal altercation where a knife was pulled.


At 1:30 am on Thursday morning, police responded to an alarm at a business on Hanlon Creek Boulevard. Someone tried to gain entry but no theft was reported. The first officer arrived in time to see a blue or grey Dodge Caravan leaving the area at a high rate of speed. If you have any information call Constable Jay Martin at 519-824-1212, ext. 7181, or email him at jwmartin [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 43-year-old Guelph man was charged with break and enter, possessing stolen property and breaching probation after breaking into a downtown school last Saturday afternoon.

Two Guelph males, aged 18 and 17, are charged with break and enter after they were caught trying to break in to a jail. Security staff at the old Ontario Reformatory on York Road called police on Sunday night reporting that the two teens attempted to get into the old jail building. One was taken into custody after a foot chase, and police found the other more than a kilometre away.


A 28-year-old Guelph man was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of property obtained by crime in connection to Project Hammer. (See last week’s Police Notes.) Police spotted the suspect while out on patrol near Guelph Street and Willow on Wednesday morning, and he was arrested with almost $1,500 in cash in a fanny pack.


If you think you might be a victim of any fraud, call the Guelph Police Non-Emergency line is 519-824-5154, or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or  online at their website.

Impaired Driving

A 39-year-old Guelph woman was charged with impaired driving, failing to remain at a collision, obstructing police and driving while suspended, plus her driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days after a hit and run last Saturday. At 2:30 pm, a vehicle enter an intersection in the area of Edinburgh and Honey and struck a second vehicle before fleeing the area. No injuries were reported, but the alleged hit-and-run driver had more than three-times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.


Over $6,000 in tools were stolen from a construction site near Paisley and Elmira including saws, a drill and a backpack blower, sometime before Monday morning. Two fire extinguishers were also discharged inside the building. If you have any information, call Constable Scott Wright at 519-824-1212, ext. 7330, email him at swwright [at] guelphpolice.ca.

More than $16,000 in tools and equipment including three Stihl concrete saws and three Honda gas-powered generators were stolen from a business near Southgate and Clair sometime before Monday morning. If you have any information call call Constable Emily Richardson at 519-824-1212, ext. 7486, or email her at erichardson [at] guelphpolice.ca.

At 7 am on Thursday, police were called to a workplace on Arrow Road where a man went back to his car after his work shift and found that three expensive pool cues and a leather case, all worth nearly $7,000, had been stolen. If you have any information, call Constable Christian Godin at 519-824-1212, ext. 7288, email him at cgodin [at] guelphpolice.ca.

A 31-year-old Guelph woman was charged with possessing a stolen credit card, failing to comply with a release order and two counts of breaching probation. She was arrested on Thursday morning at a downtown apartment building when police recognized her from an outstanding warrant for theft and fraud charges.

A 45-year-old Guelph woman was charged with possessing stolen property under $5,000 and possessing a stolen credit card after the Break Enter Auto Theft (BEAT) Unit and Tactics and Rescue Unit executed a search warrant at an address near Willow and Dawson. Several stolen laptops as well as stolen credit cards were recovered.

A 37-year-old Guelph man was charged with theft under $5,000 for stealing $3,9000 from an offering box at a north end church on March 15 after posing as a new member of the congregation.


A 32-year-old Guelph man was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and flight from police for a February 13 incident where police spotted a driver that they knew had a suspended license who then evaded police by speeding, driving over a curb and running a red light.

A 37-year-old Guelph man was charged with dangerous driving, driving while prohibited, obstructing police and several Highway Traffic Act offence after a motorcycle was clocked doing 116 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone in the area of Burns Drive.

A 33-year-old Guelph woman was charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian after a woman in her 70s was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at Wellington and Neeve last Friday afternoon. The woman, who was crossing the street in a scooter, was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

A 13-year-old boy was struck when a group of students were crossing the road without the right-of-way in the area of Willow and Rhonda Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Parents are urged to speak to their children about using proper crosswalks when travelling to and from school. No charges were laid in this incident.

Other Notes

Nothing else to report.

Total calls for service last week: 1,935

If you have any information about the crimes or incidents mentioned above, you can also call Guelph Wellington Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or post online at csgw.tips.

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