Nightclub Argument Escalates to Threatening, Weapons Charges

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An argument between and man and a woman in a downtown nightclub quickly escalated Saturday night into an ejection from the club, death threats to staff, a knife brandished, and eventually the man’s arrest.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday night/ Sunday morning at a nightclub in the area of Princess Street and Division Street, a male customer into an argument with a female patron. Staff intervened to eject the male, who became combative and had to be removed by force.

Once outside, the customer threatened the lives of the security staff and produced what staff believe was a knife. He then walked through an adjacent parking lot, and struck a parked vehicle, smashing the window. The owner of the vehicle challenged the suspect, who in turn again displayed the knife.

Witnesses called police, and followed the male accused and his female associates at a safe distance, until police arrived on scene and arrested the accused after a brief foot chase. The weapon was not recovered.

William James Bryant, 30, of Kingston is charged with:

1.Uttering Threats to Cause Death (2 Counts)
2.Assault With a Weapon
3.Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
4.Carrying a Concealed Weapon
5.Mischief Not Exceeding $5000

Bryant appeared before a Justice of the Peace on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 and was remanded into custody. His next appearance will be Monday, November 14, 2016 at 2:00pm.

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