Toronto police arrest one man in connection with multiple hate-motivated attacks on Muslims

Chandler Marshall is scheduled to appear in Toronto bail court Monday morning

Toronto Islamic Centre.  - Toronto Islamic Centre/File
Toronto Islamic Centre. – Toronto Islamic Centre/File
  • The suspect vandalized the mosque and shouted Islamophobic abuses.
  • “We will not be intimidated,” said the Toronto Islamic Center (TIC).
  • TIC urged people to oppose anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hatred.

Chandler Marshall, a Canadian man, has been arrested by police in Toronto after being charged with multiple counts in connection with hate-motivated crimes that occurred outside a Toronto mosque and two other areas.

In a statement released Saturday night, Toronto police said that at approximately 6:40 p.m., officers were called to the Toronto Islamic Center (TIC), which is located near the intersection of Yonge Street and Davenport Road.

TIC released a statement that was shared by the National Council for Canadian Muslims (NCCM) on X, formerly known as Twitter, detailing Marshall’s attack, where he vandalized the center and congregations. But Islamophobic abuses and threats were made.

“This is not the first time TIC has faced Islamophobia. We have previously received threats that someone was coming to carry out another Christchurch attack on our centre,” the TIC statement said in part.

“We want to be clear: we will not be intimidated. While our first priority is to ensure the continued safety of worshippers, we need to see long-term change to fight all forms of hate.”

Worshipers were asked by the TIC message to participate in prayers and protest anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hatred. The NCCM revealed that footage of the incident was also handed over to Toronto Police.

Toronto police also revealed that the 28-year-old suspect was also charged in connection with two incidents Wednesday morning, the first occurring just before 4:30 a.m. when a victim driving a taxi asked Marshall if he wanted a ride. Is needed.

Marshall asked him if he was Muslim before spraying an unknown substance on his face.

The second incident occurred three and a half hours later when a woman wearing a hijab was approached by Marshall, who made abusive statements before spraying an unknown substance on her face.

The victim was treated for minor physical injuries, according to city ​​news,

Additionally, Marshall was scheduled to appear in Toronto bail court on Monday morning after being charged with “four counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of mischief, two counts of administration.” Is. “One count of possession of a dangerous substance, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, two counts of possessing a dangerous weapon, and two counts of uttering threats.”

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