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Wanted - Local Man Wanted By NRPS After Striking Officer with Car – Update 2 - ARREST

Posted on Thursday January 10, 2019
Update 2 January 10, 2019

On January 9, 2019, the investigation led police to an address in the area of Preakness Street and Montrose Road in Niagara Falls. 

Kenneth Hunter was located within the residence and arrested without incident.  He attended a bail hearing on today's date at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

Investigators would like to thank the public and media for their assistance in bringing this investigation to as safe conclusion.
Update 1 January 9, 2019

The NRPS is continuing to look for local wanted man Kenneth William Hunter.

On January 2, 2019, Hunter was involved in an incident in Niagara Falls where a Niagara Regional Police (NRP) officer and their police vehicle were purposely struck by a vehicle that is believed to have been operated by Hunter.  The suspect vehicle fled the scene, leading assisting officers on a short pursuit.  Officers then terminated the pursuit out of a concern for public safety.

Investigating officers believe that Hunter is being provided sanctuary in order to evade his arrest.  Persons assisting Hunter to evade police should be aware that they may be placing themselves in a position of criminal jeopardy.
Anyone having knowledge of Hunter's current location is asked to call the NRP or Crime Stoppers of Niagara.  By calling Crime Stoppers, the tipster may be subject to a cash reward.
Persons who may be in contact with Hunter should encourage him to contact legal counsel and arrange for his safe and peaceful surrender.

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Original Release - January 3, 2019

A local man is wanted by the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) after he struck an officer and their police cruiser in Niagara Falls.

On January 2, 2019, at approximately 2:00 PM a uniform officer from the 2 District Niagara Falls office of the Niagara Regional Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a black 2007 Pontiac Vibe in a parking lot in the area of area of Drummond Road and Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls.
The Pontiac being operated by a lone male pulled into a parking spot and the officer parked behind it.  The officer exited their silver Impala police cruiser and spoke to the driver.  After a conversation, the driver suddenly reversed the Pontiac striking the officer and ramming the police cruiser out of his path.  
The Pontiac fled east on Lundy's Lane and then north bound onto Stanley Street.  Other officers in the area initiated a pursuit, but discontinued it due to the suspects dangerous driving and a concern for public safety.   The Pontiac with rear end damage was last seen in the area of Stanley Street and Valley Way in Niagara Falls.

The officer was not injured. 
The damage to the NRPS vehicle is estimated at $5000.
Later in the afternoon officers received information that the male and vehicle maybe in Niagara on the Lake (Virgil).  A number of officers were in the area, but were not able to locate the suspect. The Pontiac was located at that time.
As a result of the investigation officers have identified the driver of the Pontiac as Kenneth William Hunter (25 years old) of no fixed address. Hunter has numerous ties to Niagara Falls.  His current whereabouts is unknown.

Hunter is described as:
- 160 lbs medium build
- 5'4 feet tall
- Brown hair
- Hazel eyes
 
As a result of this incident Hunter is wanted for the alleged Criminal Code of Canada offences:

- Assault with a Weapon
- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident
- Fail to Stop for Police Pursuit Flight from Police
- Operation while Prohibited
 
Hunter also faces Highway Traffic Act offences stemming from this incident.
 
Should a member of the public recognize or know the whereabouts of Hunter they are asked to call 911.
 
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Incident Number: 2019-537
Submitted By: Philip Gavin
Approved By: Philip Gavin

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