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UPDATE: Further charges expected in violent Dec. 23 incident at Charlottetown tattoo parlour

A broken window and the storefront of Extreme Ink on Kensington Road are boarded up Monday morning following a violent early morning altercation on Sunday.
A broken window and the storefront of Extreme Ink on Kensington Road are boarded up Monday morning following a violent early morning altercation on Sunday. - Tony Davis

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Police say they have not had the opportunity to speak “to the extent we want to’’ with a tattoo artist seriously injured Sunday in a violent altercation in Charlottetown.

Charlottetown Deputy Police Chief Brad MacConnell said Donald (Artie) Gautreau remains in stable condition in a Halifax hospital.

Gautreau got into a heated exchange early Sunday morning outside his tattoo parlour, called Extreme Ink, on Kensington Road with a passenger who exited a vehicle.

“The dispute arose over a female friend that was in the tattoo parlour at the time, which led to a heated exchange in the parking lot, which escalated very quickly and violently,’’ said MacConnell.

MacConnell says the driver slammed his vehicle into Gautreau, crushing him against a brick building.

Gautreau needed to have part of his leg amputated following the incident.

The driver has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and is to appear in court on Jan. 31.

MacConnell expects further charges to be laid “in the coming days’’ against the other individuals involved in the altercation.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist Gautreau with his recovery. 

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