Isaac Olson, The Free Press
September 11, 2012
Watch Crowbar-wielding senior sends man to hospital
In a road-rage case where the attacked became the attacker, a 75-year-old man pummelled a 57-year-old man with a crowbar, but in the end both refused to press charges.
On August 24 at about 1:45 pm, the 76- year-old motorist hit the side of the 57- year-old’s car at the corner of Cavendish Blvd. and Mackle Rd. Both drivers were headed north when they collided. The younger man exited his vehicle and punched the other motorist’s driver-side window two times, explained Station 9’s Constable Vincent DeAngelis. The older man got out of his car holding a crowbar and smacked his assailant on the left hand and head. At this point, said DeAngelis, the crowbar-wielding senior citizen became the aggressor when he should have stayed in his car, called 911 and waited for police.
In this case, before it got worse, people stepped in to break up the fight. The younger man was transported to hospital with injuries sustained by the crowbar, which were not serious.
“This is not the kind of behaviour that we expect from people,” said DeAngelis. “If there is an accident, we understand that people can become angry, but it is only material. Getting violent only makes things worse.”
GPS stolen from vehicle
DeAngelis wants to remind residents of both Hampstead and Côte St. Luc not to leave electronics, luggage or sunglasses, visible inside parked cars.
A vehicle was broken into on August 27 and a GPS unit was stolen. The Ford Escape was parked on McAlear Ave. when between 9 pm and 7 am someone forced open the driver-side door to steal the device.
DeAngelis said these types of burglaries are not uncommon in the area. Thieves go after everything from cellphone chargers and loose change to bags and laptops. Even something as subtle as suction cup marks on the windshield from GPS mounts may tempt thieves to break in to investigate.