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Man arrested in Kitchener after ‘hate-motivated’ incident on bus in Waterloo

A man in handcuffs. Pixabay file

Waterloo Regional Police say they arrested a man in Kitchener in connection with a hate-motivated incident that occurred on a Grand River Transit bus earlier this month.

According to a release, the man was on a bus near Seagram Drive and University Avenue West in Waterloo on April 4 when he “yelled racial slurs towards several other passengers and brandished an edged weapon.”

A day after the initial release, police would release a second with a picture of a man they were looking to speak with in connection to the incident.

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Later in the week, a third release was issued, identifying the suspect as 53-year-old Mark Boutilier.

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Police say they arrested Boutilier on Friday near King and Queen streets in downtown Kitchener.

He is facing several charges in connection with the incident including criminal harassment, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and breach of probation.

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