‘Ottawa’ Police Reopen Hate Graffiti Case After Ottawa Man Reported Similarities to Latest Vandalism
An Ottawa man says police have reopened an investigation into hate graffiti that was carved into his family car earlier this year after he went to police about a string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents in Ottawa last week.
A 17-year-old boy appeared in court Saturday after Ottawa police arrested him on numerous charges, including uttering threats of a dangerous weapon and mischief to religious buildings.
James Armitage, whose teenaged son had complained earlier this year that he was the victim of repeated hate-motivated assaults, said the hate graffiti aimed at local places of worship looked awfully familiar to him.
“I saw the spray paint and recognized the handwriting right away,” Armitage said Monday.
Armitage said that a swastika was carved into the side of his car along with the words “greetings bitch” a few months earlier.
“Our car was vandalized in our driveway two days after our son reported the assaults that took place at his school,” he said.
No charges were laid in the vandalism to his car.
Armitage said the hate slurs spray-painted in red on the exterior door of a prayer centre in the Glebe and racist graffiti on the exterior walls of Parkdale United Church a few days later bore close resemblance to the markings found on his car.
“The hand-writing is very distinctive,” he said.
Armitage said he immediately contacted the police and sent them pictures of his car and notified church officials.
“They are reopening the case involving damage that occurred to our vehicle in our driveway,” Armitage said.
Armitage’s son, David, started a campaign to raise enough funds to fix the car but it wasn’t so much about the money as it was about raising awareness, he said.
David Armitage detailed the aggression he suffered in a post online after the family launched the fundraising campaign. The individual involved in those events was eventually charged with assault and uttering death threats but was later allowed to return to school.
David finished his high school from home and is now attending university.
“We got an email from the police saying thank you for the valuable information,” Armitage said.
Ottawa police were not immediately available for comment.