Homeless man charged Sunday after disturbance in Byron pharmacy

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A 64-year-old man whose curbside camp in northeast London was brought down by city bylaw on Friday is charged with assaulting a cashier at a pharmacy and a police officer in a park in Byron on Sunday.

Police said a man was arguing with a female cashier at a pharmacy at 1224 Commissioners Road West at around 4 p.m. He assauled her and left the store, police said.

Police were notified and found the man in Springbank Park where they say he was unco-operative and yelled at police. Police said the man resisted arrest and assaulted an officer at the park. He was arrested shortly after.

(Sunny) James Gill was arrested and charged with assault, assaulting an officer, causing a disturbance and resisting arrest.

James made headlines over the weekend after his makeshift camp along Huron Street near Highbury Avenue was seized by bylaw officers after weeks of his shelter occupying the curbside.

A Facebook video of Friday’s incident generated thousands of views and shares.


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