Three days after the publication of a CNN Money report on a rash of hate crimes against black males in Toronto in the wake of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Toronto Police Service has made an arrest in the cases of vandalism against businesses in the city’s Maple Leaf Square and behind the grounds of St. Mary’s Hospital.
Toronto Police have said they have not confirmed the motive of hate crimes in the incidents.
@TorontoPolice Chief said hate crimes are a priority in Toronto. Two arrests today. pic.twitter.com/PheDCZXcV0 — Sean Gordon (@seanmglGordon) August 16, 2020
Warrants were issued for the arrest of 19-year-old Jonathan Anthony MacDougall for the malicious damage to property (collective damage) charges and 18-year-old Jordan Fields for the mischief charge.
Jarrin Fornadel was also arrested for public mischief charges, for an incident that occurred August 9, as part of the same investigation.
The value of the damage allegedly done by MacDougall and Fields ranges from $50,000 to $150,000, police said.