Two men arrested – one at gunpoint – after two separate incidents in Hamilton Wednesday

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Published January 11, 2024 at 12:52 pm

Pellet guns

Two men are in custody on separate firearm-related charges, including one man arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after an alleged pistol-whipping at a motel east of downtown.

Hamilton Police responded to a motel near King St. E. and Wentworth Street January 10 around 6 p.m. in response to reports of an individual struck in the face with a firearm. Police found a man fitting the suspect’s description walking near King Street and Emerald Street and executed a gunpoint arrest.

A search revealed a pellet gun and a butterfly knife in the suspect’s possession, police say.

Christopher Macleod, 37, has been charged with possession of prohibited weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon and three probation-related offences.

MacLeod had his bail opposed and will be attending court.

Less than three hours earlier police responded to a reported theft at a Jackson Square retail outlet where a suspect was allegedly seen carrying a gun. Following a search – which revealed the weapon to be a pellet gun – police arrested the suspect at the intersection of Main Street and Hughson Street.

Nickolas Renato Reda, 25, has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and two probation violations.

Reda also had his bail opposed and will be attending court.

Hamilton Police reminded residents that when responding to weapons calls, officers treat the situation as if lethal weapons are involved until a “thorough investigation” determines otherwise. “Unfortunately, visually differentiating between real firearms and replicas is often impossible until the investigation is completed. Police officers responding to these situations must make quick decisions about the nature of the weapon, with potential significant and lasting consequences.”

Air guns, including gel pellet guns, can cause serious injury when fired, and if designed to look like real firearms, they are treated as lethal weapons by law enforcement, the message continued. “Firing or brandishing pellet guns may result in individuals facing significant weapons-related charges.”

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