NRPS investigating ball bearing strikes in Fort Erie

Niagara Regional Police Service press release – Detectives in Fort Erie are investigating multiple incidents of ball bearings strikes. The most serious incident involved a local woman being struck.

On Saturday, Jan. 11/2020, at approximately 10:20 p.m. a man and women were standing outside a restaurant/bar located on Central Avenue, between Dufferin Street and Jarvis Street. The woman was suddenly struck in the head by a small object. Moments later the man felt something pass by him. They discovered two small silver ball bearings on the ground near them.

Uniform officers from the 5 District – Fort Erie office of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded to the scene. The area was contained and a Canine Unit attended the scene. No suspects were located.

The woman was treated and assessed on the scene by paramedics for a minor injury. She was not transported to the hospital.

The man and woman both report not hearing or seeing anything prior to the incident consistent with a BB gun/Airsoft firearm.

Detectives have identified at least to other recent incidents involving ball bearings striking buildings in Fort Erie.

On Saturday, Jan. 11/2020, between 2:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. an apartment window on Jarvis Street west of Central Avenue was broken by a ball bearing. Damage was estimated at $200. There were no injuries or suspect information.

Officers are also investigating a report of ball bearings breaking two windows at a multi-unit residence on Emerick Avenue between Central Avenue and Robinson Street. It is believed to have occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 11/2020. Damage was estimated at $400.  There were no injuries or suspect information.

Detectives have canvassed the area for information.  Detectives are appealing to businesses and residents in the area to review their closed-circuit cameras footage between Friday, Jan. 10/2020 (11:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 11/2020 (11:30 p.m.) for anything suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, extension 9339.