A man from Ontario, Canada, who had earlier faced charges for an anti-Asian incident in March, was arrested again for harassing an Asian couple.
What happened: The 21-year-old suspect allegedly went on a racist rant and spat on the pair as they were walking in a secluded area of a south-end park in Guelph on Tuesday morning, CTV News reported.
- The couple first noticed the suspect following them closely from behind around 10:45 a.m. According to the victims, the suspect had followed them before.
- When the couple changed direction, feeling uncomfortable, the man ran in front of them, ranted and spat at them several times.
- Shortly after, Guelph Police Service officers arrived and apprehended the suspect, who they found in the park by himself.
- He told investigators he blamed Asian people for bringing COVID-19 to Canada.
- The man was charged with assault and criminal harassment. He is set to appear in bail court on Thursday.
Previous incidents: Before his recent arrest, the unnamed suspect was already facing charges of criminal harassment and causing a disturbance for an incident involving an Asian victim.
- On March 28, he reportedly yelled at Aaliyah Subang while she was walking her dog, blaming Asians for COVID-19, reported Guelph Today.
- Following the first incident, police initially sent out a statement saying there were no grounds for charges from the incident, according to CTV News.
- The man was arrested over a week later after local authorities said they could identify additional incidents involving the man in the city.
- The suspect allegedly followed another Asian woman home on March 29, stood in front of the house, and made animal sounds.
- Last December, the same man got into a verbal confrontation with the manager of a local business after refusing to wear a mask.
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