The 17-year-old male suspect arrested November 19 following a spate of anti-Semitic, racist and Islamophobic graffiti attacks in Ottawa is now facing hate crimes charges.
The suspect was initially charged with 20 offences including six counts of mischief targeting religious buildings; six counts of uttering threats to cause death; six counts of breach of youth probation; and two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon.
He has now also been charged with six counts of public incitement of hatred.
As well, he has been charged with one count of mischief under $5,000 relating to a swastika carved into a car more than a year ago in West Carleton.
The suspect – who turns 18 this month – cannot be named because he was still a minor at the time he allegedly committed the crimes and was arrested. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was on probation for assault, robbery and bail violations.
Since the suspect was arrested, the wave of hateful graffiti attacks in Ottawa has not continued.