Hamilton Man Arrested for Assaulting COVID Assessment Centre Employee

A 44-year-old Hamilton man has been arrested in relation to an assault of a COVID-19 assessment centre employee. He is facing the criminal charge of assault with a weapon.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, shortly after 2:30 p.m., Hamilton Police responded to a report of an assault at the Dave Andreychuk Arena, located at 25 Hester Street. The facility is currently being used as a drive-through COVID-19 assessment centre.

Once on scene, officers were informed about an incident that involved a male who had attended for testing. Not satisfied with the testing procedure he became irate with a staff member and shouted expletives. Due to his actions the assessment was stopped, he was asked to attend another facility and the staff member walked away. The male continued to verbally accost her while throwing his cup at her. The cup struck the employee and she was covered with its contents. The male was a passenger in a vehicle which immediately fled the scene.

Through continued investigation, a residential address was identified for the male. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., police attended that location and spoke with him. As a result of the information available to police, he was arrested without incident and later released. The male is scheduled to appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, to answer to the criminal charge of assault with a weapon.

The staff member was not physically injured in the incident.


  • Hamilton man, 44-years-of-age


  • Assault with a weapon

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact the Mountain Division Staff Sergeant’s Office by calling 905-546-3886.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com