Yay! Guns and tasers, pow pow

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Delinquents from downtown to the student ghetto made their presence known over the weekend. Yes, from taser tirades to handgun hold-ups, the usual suspects were at it again.

The Thorny Devil was the site of an armed struggle early Sunday morning. A man carrying a loaded, concealed firearm was arrested by two plainclothes cops. At approximately 2:30 a.m., the Talbot Street bar staff alerted two off-duty officers of the potential threat.

The officers were already inside the nightclub during the incident and readily approached the suspect.

The cops soon found a 9mm handgun on the suspect, Constable Amy Phillipo, media relations officer for London Police Service, confirmed.

A search of the 27-year-old male uncovered yet another spate of illicit materials. Officers found stolen property, as well as small quantities of marijuana and cocaine.

The man is now charged with a wide range of offenses, including misleading police with a fake name, possession of stolen property, contravening a section of the firearms act regulation and being unlicensed to possess a restricted weapon.

In a completely unrelated incident, a run-of-the-mill police investigation produced a shocking turn of events.

Early yesterday morning, the LPS was called to an apartment building on Western Road near Wharncliffe Road to investigate an assault.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 39-year-old man brandishing a knife, threatening to take his own life.

After hours of negotiation with police, the semi-suicidal man was tasered and brought into custody. Const. Phillipo said nobody was injured during the incident.

The man now faces charges of sexual assault, forcible confinement and possession of weapons dangerous to the public.

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