Hamilton Police Continue to Investigate Large Unsanctioned McMaster Homecoming Event


Hamilton Police continue to investigate after a car was overturned and street signs damaged after a large unsanctioned gathering in the area of Dalewood and Westwood yesterday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Hamilton Police responded to a large gathering in the Ainslie Woods area. By 2:00 p.m., the crowd had expanded to approximately 5,000 people and several streets were closed to ensure the safety of those attending the gathering and those members of the public in the vicinity of the area.

Investigators are reviewing video and images from the event and are appealing for assistance in identifying those responsible for damaging and flipping over a white Mazda. At this time, police are looking for a white male, brown hair, wearing a blue baseball cap, burgundy and yellow rugby shirt, and khaki shorts. Additional images will be released as police identify more individuals.

During the incident, police arrested and charged two individuals for Liquor Licence Act Offences, as well as five individuals for Breach of the Peace/Cause Disturbance.

Officers from various units were deployed to the event. Glass bottles, cans and other objects were thrown at officers and one police vehicle was damaged as a result. There were no serious reported injuries, but several individuals were treated for injuries consistent with falling and excessive alcohol consumption.

Anyone with video is asked to Acting Detective Sergeant John Obrovac at 905-546-3833. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.