Man arrested in vandalism that cost Toronto nearly $140K in repairs

By Jamie Girdler, CNN

A man was arrested for the “hate-motivated mischief incidents” in Toronto that cost the city almost $140,000 in repairs, Toronto police said Friday.

On July 10, the City of Toronto said over 200 pedestrians were injured in six incidents over nine days in June, with damage totals totaling $100,000.

More than $120,000 in repairs were put into place to sidewalks in the downtown core following five separate incidents on June 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, according to CNN affiliate CTV.

Five days after a fifth sidewalk accident injured two pedestrians, Police revealed surveillance video showing a man driving his vehicle through at least one of the streets.

Two days later, police arrested Adam Minassian, 24, a resident of North York, Toronto.

Police say he had been deported for a fraud conviction in 2010.

Police issued a total of 23 charges against Minassian, including criminal harassment, mischief causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, two counts of fail to stop at the command of police, failure to stop at the command of emergency responders, three counts of fail to comply with probation and one count of fail to comply with recognizance.

“These actions are reprehensible,” said Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. “Today’s arrest demonstrates our collaborative efforts with the City of Toronto’s Street Crime Unit and has led to a positive resolution of these incidents and attacks on our city’s public spaces.”

CNN has reached out to the Toronto Police Department and an attorney representing Minassian for comment.

The incidents in Toronto caused outrage and frustration for many, including local leaders and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

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