Massive fights involved weapons

A pair of weekend street brawls that involved knives and baseball bats left several people suffering injuries, led to two arrests, and has police seeking assault suspects.

A brawl on Preston Street — north of the Highway 417 overpass — early Sunday morning left two people seriously injured, including one with stab wounds, while on Friday night a brawl on Finch Private, near Hunt Club and Uplands Dive, reportedly involved blades and bats.

In the latest incident, police responded at 2:50 a.m. Sunday morning to a report of a fight involving a large number of people on Preston Street.


When they arrived, they found several people in the area, including two suffering from serious injuries.

“One person had facial injuries consistent with being beaten, and the other had serious stab wounds,” said Sgt. Richard Dugal.

The injured pair were taken to Ottawa Hospital.

Dugal said the person who suffered stab wounds remains in hospital in fair condition, while the other has been released.

No charges had been laid by Sunday evening, and the incident remained under investigation.

It was the second stabbing incident in as many days, following the street fight late Friday on Finch Private. Two young men were arrested.

Around 11 p.m., a dispute among several youths led to a conflict that left one man with superficial cuts on his face. Police report a knife and a baseball bat were used in the altercation, during which a vehicle and the inside of a house were also damaged.

Shaun Martin, 24, of Ottawa, was charged with assault with a weapon and breach of recognizance. A 17-year-old young offender was also charged with being unlawfully in a dwelling and mischief over $5,000.

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  • Sgt. Richard Dugal said that wherever there are several bars in one area, like on Preston Street, altercations can occur, but he could not say if they are becoming more common.