Waterloo man arrested after COVID-19 anti-vaxxer confronted with pickaxe: police

A man in handcuffs. Pixabay File

Waterloo Regional Police say they arrested a man over the weekend after a COVID-19 anti-vaxxer was threatened with a pickaxe.

Police say officers were called to a parking lot near Weber Street North and Bridgeport Road East in Waterloo at around 1:10 p.m. on Saturday for the incident.

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“A male suspect confronted the victim while brandishing a weapon,” Const. Andre Johnson told Global News.

He said the “victim was displaying a sign with anti-COVID-19 vaccination messaging.”

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Johnson was uncertain why the victim had chosen that spot to protest.

“As a result of the investigation, a 49-year-old Waterloo male has been charged with assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose,” he said.

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