Police are investigating an assault involving a group of youths that occurred earlier this week in Dartmouth.
On January 31, police received a report that an assault had occurred earlier that day, at approximately 5:30 p.m., near 40 Alderney Drive. A group of approximately 10 youth assaulted and took property from another youth who was known to them. One of the youths had what is believed to be a replica firearm.
Yesterday officers arrested a 14-year-old youth, and they are scheduled to appear in Dartmouth youth court at a later date to face charges of:
- Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace
- Pointing a firearm
The investigation is ongoing and is being investigated by members of the General Investigation Section of the integrated Criminal Investigation Division.
Investigators are aware of a video of the incident that is circulating on social media and are asking anyone with information about the incident or video from the area to call police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or using the P3 Tips App.
According to AreaVibes, Downtown Dartmouth’s crime rates are 6% lower than the national average, but violent crimes are 9% higher. The Halifax Crime Map shows that crime is present in many neighbourhoods in Dartmouth. Wikitravel advises caution when walking after dark in areas north of downtown and all the way to Eastern Passage. The Nova Scotia Open Data Portal provides a Crime Severity Index which can be used to compare crime rates across the province, and the HRM Open Data Portal provides data related to motor vehicle and motor vehicle/pedestrian collisions as well as crime mapping.