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Police arrest 40-year-old man in Hamilton hate graffiti investigation

Hamilton police released images from a security video of an alleged suspect in a hate-bias graffiti investigation.
Hamilton police released images from a security video of an alleged suspect in a hate-bias graffiti investigation. Hamilton Police Service

Police have arrested a Hamilton man in connection with an investigation into hate graffiti near the base of the escarpment.

Police say there were four separate cases of vandalism in the area of James Street South and the Claremont Access, as well as another case of hate-based vandalism in the area of King St. West and Wentworth St. North late last month.

READ MORE: Hamilton Police searching for vandal in hate-based graffiti incidents

On Thursday at 10:30 p.m., Hamilton police say officers were patrolling near the James Street stairs when they allegedly caught a man vandalizing city property and fencing in that same area.

Police say their investigation determined he was responsible for the recent incidents.

Investigators have not released any details about the nature of the hate graffiti.

Robert Douglas, 40, of Hamilton has been arrested and is facing multiple charges, including nine counts of mischief under $5,000.

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