Toronto police say they’ve arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with “hate-motivated mischief incidents” that cost Toronto taxpayers nearly $140,000.
Police arrested Vinnie Boru near Yonge Street in Toronto on Tuesday, during which time they say he tried to enter the main security entrance of Toronto’s Pearson Airport using a fake identification.
“This is a hate-motivated mischief and he’s charged with mischief under $5,000,” Toronto police Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook told The Washington Post.
According to the Toronto Star, three incidents were reported, including the attempted theft of a police scanner and damage to a transit bus.
Boru faces four charges and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
On Tuesday, Boru started to leave the Pearson airport when a member of the airline staff questioned whether his arrest and confinement was legitimate.
“This is obviously a public transit bus that was violently ramming into a police vehicle,” the employee said, according to the Star.
Boru allegedly tried to run over police and the officer holding him, the paper reported.
“He says, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa’ and runs,” the employee said, as police officers continued to hold Boru.
Toronto police told the Star, “Boru had an active Air Canada pass and entered the airport while on leave.”
In October, a group of taxi drivers from Toronto marched in Washington to protest “horrific acts of hate” carried out by passengers using the Yellow Cab service, CBC News reported.
They alleged that four customers of Yellow Cab had harassed and assaulted drivers and posed a threat to public safety and privacy.
According to the taxi drivers, one taxi driver’s ID was stolen and replaced with a fake.
In 2016, police arrested a man for the use of fake ID and a fake driver’s license to board an Air Canada flight to Toronto, according to CBC News.
“These events cause unrest and disruption in our community,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement. “These incidents are seriously concerning to me as a lifelong resident of the city. I’m hopeful that the police investigation will lead to the apprehension of the person responsible.”
As the Star points out, Toronto has been plagued by racial and religious tensions in recent months.
On June 25, an attack by Khalid Masood on Parliament Hill in Ottawa left five dead and more than 40 injured.
As the Associated Press reported:
“Later that day, three masked individuals plowed a rented van into pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 and injuring 15 others. Some were cyclists. The motive was not immediately clear. Two months later, eight-year-old Jun Lin was stabbed to death in a Toronto park. A Chinese national, he was lured out to the park by strangers who then beat him, hacked him and set fire to his body, police said.”
Like the incident in Ottawa, the Toronto incident appears to have occurred because of a “race-tinged dispute,” according to Canada’s Global News.