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Media Release

Release Date: October 4th, 2019 - 11:59am

Originator: D/Sergeant, Crystal Kelly, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4777 ext. 2315

Contact: Constable, Steve Elms, Media Relations Officer, 905-825-4777 ext. 5224

Location: Burlington

Attachment 1: 6184-Hate-Motivated-Crime-Poster.pdf


**UPDATE #3** Two Burlington Men Arrested and Charged with Willfully Promoting Hate

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made two arrests after a lengthy investigation into several hate-motivated incidents that occurred in the City of Burlington in May and June 2019. The results of the investigation have provided grounds to lay charges in two of these incidents which took place between June 1 and 2, 2019 at Burlington City Hall and the Burlington Art Gallery and involved both Anti-Semitic and racist content.

Upon identification of both suspects, the HRPS sought approval by the Attorney General’s Office to lay a charge of "Willfully Promoting Hate", as required by the Criminal Code of Canada. Approval to proceed with charges was granted on September 20, 2019.

On October 4, 2019, two males were arrested, charged and released for the below offences. Both accused are scheduled to appear on October 30, 2019, in the Milton Provincial Court at 9:00 AM.

Charged:

Matthew Wasikiewicz (21) of Burlington

  • Willfully Promoting Hate x 2

Kyle Kroeplin (22) of Burlington

  • Willfully Promoting Hate x 2

The Halton Regional Police Service is unwavering in its commitment to solve crime and bring those responsible to justice, particularly crimes that are hate-motivated. "There is no place in any community for hate. Perpetrators of crimes in Halton Region that target others because of their skin colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or any other factor will be rigorously pursued and brought to justice. Everyone in our community has the right to live, work and play in an environment free from fear," says Chief Stephen Tanner.

Investigators from the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau conducted this extensive and complex investigation between June and August of 2019. This case was solved through a tremendous amount of teamwork and collaboration with both internal investigative resources and external / community participation.

The HRPS would also like to thank local and national media outlets, the City of Burlington and local faith groups for bringing attention to this disturbing crime. As a result, community partners and citizens of Burlington provided access to security footage that assisted the HRPS in identifying the accuseds.

The remaining hate crime incidents are still under investigation and additional charges are pending. Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact investigator Detective Jared McLeod at 905-825-4777 ext. 2385 or ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Previous Updates:

**UPDATE #2** Police Seeking Information Related to Hate Crimes in the City of Burlington

The Halton Regional Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance in regards to recent hate crime incidents in Burlington. Police have received numerous tips that have led to the positive identification of person of interest #1. He has since been arrested and released. Charges are pending further investigation which is active and ongoing.

The Halton Regional Police Service is appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist in determining the identity of person of interest #2. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jared McLeod at 905-825-4777 ext. 2385 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Further updates will be provided when available.

***UPDATE #1***

The Halton Regional Police Service is seeking to identify the person(s) responsible for displaying hate-motivated images at various locations in Burlington. New photographs of one person of interest have been obtained.

That person of interest is described as: male, white, 18-25 years of age, average build, wearing blue jeans, Under Armour Jacket, Adidas running shoes, grey t-shirt and wearing an Adidas grey/orange/black backpack. Also observed at one incident wearing a blue baseball cap.

The Halton Regional Police Service is investigating these offences as hate crimes that willfully promote hatred. We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jared McLeod at 905-825-4777 ext. 2385 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

Police are seeking public assistance to identify the persons responsible for displaying hate-motivated messages at six locations in the City of Burlington since May 21, 2019.

The first known incident occurred on May 21, 2019 near Dundas Street and Guelph Line, and involved a note being left on a private vehicle that included a hate-motivated racist message.

The second incident occurred on May 23, 2019 and involved an Anti-Semitic poster that was placed on a traffic post.

The next incident occurred on May 26, 2019 when hate propaganda was placed on a number of vehicles in the parking lot of a church near Mainway and Walkers Line.

On May 30, 2019, a complainant reported to police that an Anti-Semitic message was written on their vehicle in marker.

Sometime between June 1 and June 2, 2019, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of the Burlington Art Gallery.

In the most recent known incident, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of Burlington City Hall on the morning of June 2, 2019.

The Halton Regional Police Service condemns any/all such incidents that impact or erode the community's sense of safety and well-being.

"Hate crime has no place in any community, and I am confident that the persons responsible behind these ignorant, cowardly and hateful acts will be quickly identified with the public's assistance. No one has the right to make another person feel fearful because of the colour of their skin, race, religion, ethnic origin or any other factor. The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to fully investigating these crimes and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice," said Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah.

The HRPS is investigating these offences as hate crimes that willfully promote hatred. We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 905-825-4777 ext. 2315 or ext. 2316 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.