Man, 53, arrested after antisemitic graffiti found on AGO sculpture: police

A logo at the Toronto Police Services headquarters, in Toronto, on Friday, August 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov. CKL

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hate-motivated investigation in Toronto, police say.

Toronto police said on July 13, officers received a report of a hate crime in the Dundas Street West and McCaul Street area.

Police said at around 6:15 a.m., a man was allegedly seen using white spray paint to deface the “Couch Monster” sculpture outside of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Officers said antisemitic graffiti was located at the front of the sculpture.

According to police, on July 15, 53-year-old Paul Cote from Toronto was arrested.

He has been charged with mischief damaging property under $5,000.

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Police said he appeared in court on Friday.

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