Alleged assault at north Barrie Tim Horton’s has police looking for four underage suspects

Police say fight started when closed washroom was used

Barrie Police are on the hunt for three teenage girls and a boy after an assault in the city’s north end.

Investigators say three girls who appear under the age of 18 went into a Tim Horton’s location on Duckworth Street around 8:30 p.m. on February 23 and one of them sidestepped a “bathroom closed” sign to use the washroom. After exiting the facilities, she was confronted by an employee who said she shouldn’t have been in there.

Police say the verbal argument that followed quickly escalated to a physical altercation. Surveillance footage obtained by police reportedly shows the fight between the employee and suspect continued to an area behind the store’s counter, where another employee intervened and got the suspect off the worker.

It appears one of the other suspects was filming the entire incident.

All three girls and an unknown male who had joined them during the fracas left shortly after, but not before allegedly grabbing a drive-thru headset and smashing it on the ground outside the store.

While police say video surveillance of the incident has been obtained, because all four of the suspects involved appear under age 18, the footage will not be released to the public so as to not contravene the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Police can confirm the female suspect accused of attacking the employee may have suffered a bite-related injury to her hand.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they’re asked to contact Constable Guerrero of the Barrie Police Service at (705) 725-7025, ext. 2628.