Man stabbed in Point Pleasant Park now facing assault, theft and confinement charges
A man who was stabbed in a popular Halifax park early Saturday morning is now facing assault, theft and forcible confinement charges after allegedly choking a woman and preventing her from leaving, police said Sunday.
The woman was initially taken into custody shortly after the incident happened, but she has since been released after police found she was acting in self-defence.
“They determined he was the dominant aggressor in the situation,” said staff Sgt. Greg Robertson of the Halifax Regional Police.
“One of the two’s being forcibly confined and assaulted, her property stolen … as a result of them interviewing everybody, she’s not facing any criminal charges.”
He said the man, 27, and the woman, 25, were camping in Point Pleasant Park when the altercation happened.
Robertson said the woman tried to leave but the man didn’t let her.
The man is accused of choking the woman and taking her cell phone, Robertson said.
The woman allegedly stabbed the man and ran away from the tent, he said, adding that there were two others with them who witnessed the incident and called 911.
The man who was stabbed was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Robertson said, and the woman was treated for injuries by emergency services.
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They arrested the woman just over an hour later and released her on Saturday night following an investigation.
“There are times where people are arrested because we can’t determine who the aggressor is in a situation,” said Robertson.
“If both people have injuries you don’t really know what you have at the time, so everyone deserves the right to caution, to investigate it and find out what happened.”
The man appeared for a bail hearing on Sunday and was released from custody on conditions.
He’s set to appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date.
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