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Belleville police were dispatched to Century Place around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after a female was followed and harassed by an unknown male in the area.

The male followed the female throughout the downtown core – along Bridge Street to Campbell, back to Front and again onto Bridge – attempting to grab the female’s hand and lead her away. Another citizen intervened and yelled at the suspect at which point he left appeared to leave the scene. As he was leaving, the suspect was observed changing his outer clothing.

The Good Samaritan led the female back to Century Place to await for police arrival. The male suspect was again observed staring at the female from a distance before running away again on foot.

Anyone with information about this male’s identity is asked to contact P/C Clearly-Porritt at 613-966-0882 ext. 4226 /

Information can also be forwarded anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477 or by visiting


A 42-year-old man was arrested on warrants and turned over to Belleville police early Thursday. At 3:00 a.m. a neighbouring police agency attended Belleville police with the male, who had been arrested on a warrant for failing to attend for fingerprints.

Lonnie Howard, 42, of Belleville was released on a promise to appear with a court date of May 25, 2023 to face the charge.