It only took a couple of days for Hamilton Police to catch up with a suspect in a hate crime incident. They have arrested a 22-year-old male from Hamilton after a hate crime that took place in Westdale.
On September 6, 2022, at approximately 12:40 a.m . the suspect broke into a residence in the area of Haddon Avenue South and Main Street West in Hamilton targeting members of the Jewish Community.
Earlier a suspect had been photographed after multiple anti-Semitic messages (graffiti) were located in the area of Main Street West and Bay Street.
At this point Yonis Mohamed is charged with break and enter and disobeying a court order.
The occurrence has been reviewed by the Hate Crime Unit and is being investigated as a hate crime. A hate crime is a criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by hate/bias or prejudice based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor.
Hamilton Police are working with the victims, the Jewish Federation of Hamilton and community members to ensure their safety.
Hate crimes can be reported online at www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca. Reporting hate/bias occurrences can also be reported on the phone at 905-546-4925 or in person at any Hamilton Police station.
Anyone with any information that could assist Police with this investigation, are asked to contact Hate Crime Detective Fabiano Mendes at (905) 546-5678. To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.