Hamilton police say they are looking for a man involved in damaging and flipping over a car during an “unsanctioned McMaster homecoming event” attended by thousands of people on Saturday.
Police responded to a large gathering in the Ainslie Woods area around 12:30 p.m. and say that by 2 p.m., the crowd had grown to about 5,000 people. The massive gathering coincided with the first home game of the season for McMaster University’s football team.
Several streets were closed in the area for safety reasons.
Glass bottles, cans and other objects were reportedly launched at police officers and a police vehicle was damaged.
Police arrested and charged five people for breach of the peace and two others for Liquor Licence Act offences. No serious injuries were reported but many were treated “for injuries consistent with falling and other blunt forces as well as excessive alcohol consumption,” police said.
Investigators are currently asking for the public’s helping in identifying a man who was allegedly among those who damaged a white Mazda and have released an image of him. He is described as a white male with brown hair. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a burgundy and yellow rugby shirt and khaki shorts at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
With a file from The Canadian Press