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Suspected hate-motivated incident at Markham mosque

Investigators with the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a suspect with several criminal offences after a suspected hate-motivated incident at a mosque in the City of Markham.

On April 6 at 6:55 a.m., York Regional Police responded to a call for a disturbance at a mosque on Denison Street.

Witnesses reported that a male suspect had attended in a vehicle and drove directly at one of the worshippers and yelled threats and religious slurs. The suspect drove dangerously in the parking lot before leaving the property.

The suspect was identified and a warrant for his arrest was issued while efforts were made to locate him. Shortly after midnight, on April 7, 2023, members of York Regional Police arrested the suspect in Toronto.

The 28-year-old Toronto man was charged with uttering threats, assault with a weapon, and dangerous driving.

Investigators are concerned there may be other victims and police encourage them to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 1-866-876- 5423, ext. 7541 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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