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OC Transpo special constables arrest Ottawa man linked to racist graffiti in transit stations

OC Transpo special constables charged a man with mischief related to recent hate-motivated incidents at Ottawa transit stations.
OC Transpo special constables charged a man with mischief related to recent hate-motivated incidents at Ottawa transit stations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon

OC Transpo’s special constables have laid charges against an Ottawa man amid an investigation into racist graffiti at local transit stations.

Ottawa police said Friday there have been a string of “racial remarks and symbols” written at several OC Transpo stations in recent weeks, with the latest appearing on July 22.

The Ottawa transit agency’s special constables arrested a man they believe is responsible for three of the recent incidents.

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They’ve charged 28-year-old Aaron Adams with three counts of mischief. Two of the incidents are considered hate- or bias-motivated by Ottawa police.

Special constables also helped Ottawa police investigate a “hate-motivated” incident on July 13 on Rideau Street.

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As a result, Ottawa police arrested 45-year-old Shane Arcand on Thursday, charging him with one count of mischief.

Earlier this year, OC Transpo’s special constables received special training to deal with hate crime-related incidents, according to a release.

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