Eggs, skulls cracked in Sunday morning assault

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Sticks and stones won’t break bones but egging can lead to brutal physical assaults.

After a weekend egging incident escalated, four 19-year-old males were charged with assault and break and enter. A fifth 19-year-old was charged with break and enter, one count of property damage, and obstructing justice.

A warrant has been filed for a sixth, 18-year-old suspect.

Amanda Pfeffer, public information and media relations officer for London Police Service, said police responded to a home invasion on Ambleside Drive early Sunday morning.

She said the house was hosting a small gathering when it was reportedly egged by a group of men, some of whom were known to those at the gathering.

In retaliation, people at the house gathering went to the home of one of the individuals believed to be responsible and egged his house, Pfeffer said. Shortly thereafter, six males arrived at the Ambleside home armed with weapons, including baseball bats and a crowbar.

One of the home’s occupants, a Seneca College student, was rendered unconscious when he was struck in the face as he went to the front door, Pfeffer said.

The student was then dragged from the home and assaulted further. Another occupant tried to assist and was also assaulted, Pfeffer said.

According to Pfeffer a vehicle in front of the home was damaged, and the front window of the house was smashed.

“At least one break and enter to residences surrounding Western is reported every day,” said Elgin Austen, director of Campus Community Police Services.

“Many of these are to student residences where doors or a window have not been locked,” Austen added. “[Break and enter] thieves look for these vulnerabilities and rely on naive, trusting students to not lock doors.”

Pfeffer offered tips for students to avoid break-ins.

“In student neighbourhoods it’s very important to know your neighbours,” Pfeffer said. “If you don’t at least introduce yourselves then it’s very difficult for your neighbours to know who belongs to your house and who doesn’t.

“Always lock your doors when you are away, and if you are going away for any duration, let someone know so that your mail can be collected and your [driveway] cleared of snow.”

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