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Security guards spit on, attacked in two incidents on the same day in the Sault

A Sault Ste. Marie police vehicle is pictured in this file photo. (File) A Sault Ste. Marie police vehicle is pictured in this file photo. (File)
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Security guards in businesses in Sault Ste. Marie had a rough week, with incident including threats, assault and being spit on.

In the first case, a 29-year-old has been charged following an incident June 6 at a business on Great Northern Road.

Sault police responded around 12:20 p.m. to a report of someone attacking two security guards inside the business.

“Officers responded and an investigation revealed the accused had verbally threatened and physically assaulted two security officers,” police said in a news release.

“They had also lit and smoked a cigarette inside a building despite signage indicating smoking was not allowed. The security officers sustained minor physical injuries.”

Charges include assaulting peace officers, assault, uttering threats and mischief. While being arrested by police, the suspect got aggressive and lunged at officers with a raised fist.

“Officers gained physical control of the accused, and they were arrested.”

The suspect is charged with two counts each of assaulting a peace officer and assault and one count of uttering threats and mischief. They were remanded into custody ahead of a bail hearing.

On the same day, this time in a business on Bay Street, a 37-year-old went after security guards who caught them taking items.

Police were called at 3 p.m.

“An investigation revealed the accused had stolen items from a business and spit on security officers who approached them to retrieve the stolen items,” police said.

“The accused was already in custody of security officers, and they were arrested.”

The accused was charged with assault and was released with a court date of Aug. 12.

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