UPDATE: Fredericton police lay charges in Windsor Street assault

    A Fredericton Police Force cruiser is seen on Windsor Street in this photo from 2020. (Aaron Sousa/AQ)

    The Fredericton Police Force confirmed Wednesday afternoon that officers arrested and charged three men in connection to an alleged “serious assault” that took place on Windsor Street in the early morning hours of Sept. 25.

    It comes after police launched a joint investigation with University of New Brunswick Security into the incident, which saw a 20-year-old man from Fredericton sustain “serious injuries” after he was allegedly attacked by several others.

    Investigators said the victim remains in hospital in critical but stable condition.

    According to a news release issued Wednesday, the force said three men were charged with alleged aggravated assault and one man also faces charges for allegedly uttering threats. The news release also stated that more arrests are expected.

    “The three have been released on conditions and will appear in court in December,” reads the release from the Fredericton Police Force.

    UNB’s associate director of communications, Heather Campbell, confirmed in an email to The Aquinian on Tuesday that the university is aware of the incident and said the victim is not a UNB student.

    She said UNB Security is working with police to “identify any parties involved” and “keep the campus and surrounding neighbourhoods safe.”

    “UNB has a zero-tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour and community members are expected to meet the standards set out in our code of conduct,” wrote Campbell in the email.

    “Since the beginning of the school year, we have been communicating with students, reminding all students of their responsibility to the community and encouraging them to take part in on-campus activities and discouraging unruly behaviour.”

    Jeffrey Carleton, STU’s associate vice-president of communications, said Tuesday that STU has not received any indication from the Fredericton Police Force nor UNB Security that the assault victim is a STU student.

    Sonya Gilks, public information officer for the Fredericton Police Force, wrote on Tuesday police are still in the process of determining what happened.

    “We’re working with UNB and STU to determine this, but [mainly] our investigation is focused on the victim and finding those identifying those responsible,” wrote Gilks.

    The Fredericton Police Force said it asks members of the public, or anyone with information related to the incident, to contact them at 506-460-2300 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if they wish to remain anonymous.