Escalated argument at downtown nightclub leads man to draw knife, utter threats

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What started as an argument inside one of the nightclubs at Princess and Division Street last Saturday night ended with a 30-year-old man drawing a knife, threatening the club’s security staff and smashing a parked car window.

According to The Kingston Whig-Standard, the man, William James Bryant, was arguing with a woman in the club. The argument got heated, and when security tried to escort Bryant out, he got combative, which resulted in him being forcibly removed from the club. 

The name of the nightclub wasn’t released publicly by Kingston Police.

Outside of the club, just after midnight early on Sunday morning, Bryant brandished what witnesses believed to be a knife, and began threatening the lives of security staff members. 

Following this, he walked through an adjacent parking lot and smashed the window of a parked vehicle. When the owner of the vehicle confronted Bryant, he again revealed his knife.

Witnesses called the police, who were able to arrest Bryant after “a brief foot chase.” The report indicates that the weapon was not recovered. 

Bryant faces the following charges: assault with a weapon, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, mischief not exceeding $5,000 and two counts of uttering threats to cause death. Bryant appeared before a Justice of the Peace on Nov. 13 and was then brought into custody.

 

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