Hamilton man arrested following violent downtown spree: Police

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Published November 24, 2021 at 7:26 am

A Hamilton man has been arrested and charged in relation to a violent spree in the city’s downtown core over the weekend that sent a person to hospital with serious injuries.

According to Hamilton Police, on Sunday (Nov. 21) just before 8 p.m., a man entered the Hasty Market on John Street South. He reportedly approached a staff member, demanded cash and then proceeded to assault the staff member with a black pipe/baton.


Police said the suspect fled on foot a short time later, but not before engaging in further mischief throughout the store.

Several minutes later, the same suspect is said to have entered the City Mart on King Street E and assaulted the lone employee of the store with the same black pipe/baton but the victim was able to flee and the suspect fled the scene.

Then again, according to police, several minutes later, the same suspect used the metal pipe/baton to assault a bystander on King Street.

Of the three victims, one sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital.

In the meantime, police arrested and charged 36-year-old Joshua Szarak from Hamilton in relation to the investigation.

He’s facing the following charges:

  • Two counts of Robbery with Intent to steal
  • Assault with a Weapon

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Constable Sarah Ricker at 905-546-8938 or Staff Sgt. Andrea Torrie 905-546-2991 of the Hamilton Police BEAR Unit.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online.

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