It began with a dispute at a residence in Niagara Falls and ended up with a pick-up truck crashing through the front doors of the Fallsview Casino.
"Thank God it wasn't a Friday night," said Niagara Regional Police Staff Sgt. Shawn Clarkson. "We were extremely fortunate not more people were around. A couple of people had to duck out of the way, but we could of had some real serious problems there if it had been a few hours earlier or another day."
With guns drawn, police took a suspect into custody without incident. The male was taken to the Greater Niagara General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Well-known martial artist Harold Howard, 51, of Niagara Falls, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, attempted break and enter, fail to remain, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, mischief and two counts of breach of recognizance.
Niagara Regional Police report a male drove his pick-up truck into the front doors of the Fallsview Casino at about 2 a.m., following a series of incidents in the city.
Earlier, the male had been involved in a dispute at a residence in Niagara Falls. The dispute resulted in the male assaulting a male and female with a weapon and fleeing in his vehicle. The male then attended another residence in the North end of Niagara Falls where he collided with a vehicle in the driveway. The male then fled that residence in his vehicle.
Police encountered the vehicle as it drove through the North end of Niagara Falls. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the male continued driving. Due to the serious nature of the earlier events, officers continued to follow the vehicle as the male refused to stop for police.
The pursuit ended when the male intentionally drove into the front entrance of the Fallsview Casino.
Fortunately, no patrons were injured when the vehicle drove into the front entrance of the casino and came to rest a short distance from the gaming floor.
The male and female victims of the initial assault were taken to hospital and were being treated for serious but non life-threatening injuries.
Clarkson said the victims and accused are known to each other.