NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Three violent attacks believed to have been committed by a group of males were reported within 10 minutes of each other Friday night in the tourist area of Fallsview Avenue, Niagara Regional Police said.
In addition, a fourth incident involving a single assailant was reported in the area early Saturday.
Here is a list of the incidents, according to police:
At 9:35 p.m. Friday, a couple was walking on Portage Road near Fallsview when a group of males approached them. One of the males "attempted to rob the male victim and assaulted him with a weapon," police said in a prepared statement.
Then at 9:40 p.m. a couple standing on a terrace at the rear of the Embassy Suites Hotel, at 6700 Fallsview, was approached by the same group of suspects, police said. The group assaulted the male victim "in an unprovoked attack."
And at 9:45 p.m, police said the same group of suspects approached a man who was standing by himself near Dixon Street at Fallsview. This victim was assaulted with a weapon in what police said was another unprovoked attack.
Police did not describe the weapons used in the attacks. In all three cases, the victims suffered what police said were non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police described the assailants as being 18 to 25 years of age, wearing hoodies and baggy pants. They did not say how many were in the group.
In another violent incident just a few hours later, a man was walking on Stanley Avenue near Main Street at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when police said he was approached by a lone male, who assaulted the victim and stole personal property from him. The incident took place just a couple of blocks from the earlier assaults. In this case police described the assailant as black, in his early 20s and with a medium build. No injuries were reported in this incident.
Police are requesting anyone with information to contact the Niagara Falls Detective Office at (905) 688-4111, ext. 2200.