Lethbridge Police have charged a 25-year-old woman in connection with an incident where crime prevention signs were damaged and a male was threatened in a northside neighbourhood.
On August 25, 2019 at approximately 1 a.m. a male occupant of a home along the 500 block of 9 Street North heard noises outside and upon checking observed a female with a black band painted across her eyes standing in front of his house ripping down a sign he had put up on a tree that asked people to call the police if they see drug activity. Dozens of similar crime prevention signs had previously been put up in the area by neighbours concerned about crime. The male confronted the female and told her to leave. The female was belligerent and threatened the male before leaving the area on a bicycle. A short time later a male from a home along the 1800 block of 6 Avenue North heard a voice outside and when he went to check the front of his property he observed a female with black paint across her eyes walking down the street, ripping down a number of the crime prevention signs he had put up. The male confronted the female and asked why she was damaging the signs. The woman began swearing at the male and alleged the signs were “anti-addict” then left the area.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. the male from the first home again heard noises outside and observed the same female as earlier and two other people. The female was spray painting a crime prevention sign he had put up on a tree. The woman was again belligerent and alleged the signs were “anti-addict.” The group left the area and the male followed them in his vehicle while he was on the phone with police dispatch. Officers were not immediately available to attend and after a short time both parties went their separate ways.
Following further investigation by police later in the day, the female subject was identified. At approximately 5:20 p.m. police attended a southside home where she was arrested without incident.
The female is not an employee or associated with the Supervised Consumption Site.
Ashley Dawn Marshall, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with uttering threats and two counts of mischief to property. Marshall was released with conditions that she not attend within 100 meters of the two northside homes and is prohibited from having contact with the victims. She is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 30.