Hamilton police say they are looking for a man who was involved in damaging and overturning a car during an “unrestricted McMaster homecoming event” Saturday in the presence of thousands of people.
Police responded to a large gathering in the Ainslie Woods area around 12:30 p.m. and said that by 2 p.m. the crowd had swelled to about 5,000 people. The first home game of the season coincided with the first home game for the McMaster University football team.
Several roads in the area were closed for security reasons.
Glass bottles, cans and other items were reportedly thrown at police officers and a police vehicle was damaged.
Police arrested five people for breach of peace and charged two others for offenses under the Liquor License Act. Police said there were no serious injuries, but several people were treated “for injuries caused by falls and other blunt forces, as well as excessive alcohol consumption”.
Investigators are currently seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who was reportedly among those who damaged a white Mazda and released an image of him. He is described as a white male with brown hair. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, burgundy and yellow rugby shirt and khaki shorts at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
Meanwhile, in Ottawa, police are investigating several incidents of criminal behavior after a car overturned and a man assaulted in the city’s Sandy Hill district.
Police say a large number of officers as well as the RCMP, City By-Law, paramedics and the Ottawa Fire Services were called in to deal with unruly crowds after the annual panda game between Carleton University and the University of Ottawa on Saturday.
Officials are reviewing social media, videos and other investigative information gathered on Saturday night after thousands of people gathered on several streets.
Charges can be made under the Ontario Act, the Liquor License Act, city bylaws as well as any criminal charges under reopening. Investigators are also working with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University to identify the students involved.
With a file from The Canadian Press and Mike Vlasveld, Citynews Ottawa