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Man who yelled racist insults at woman has been arrested

Other incidents have come to light, say Guelph police, leading to a criminal harassment charge
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A Guelph male who yelled racial slurs at a female walking her dog last month has been arrested.

While the male was initially warned he could face criminal charges in relation to the incident, he was arrested Sunday morning after information about his involvement in other incidents came to light.

On March 28, a female called police to report she was walking her dog on Goodwin Drive when she was approached by an irate male. The male yelled racial slurs at the female and blamed Asians for COVID-19 before walking away.

Acting on information from the public, Guelph police were able to identify the male. He was warned his behaviour is not acceptable and he could face criminal charges if it persisted.

Police subsequently learned of the male’s involvement in another incident March 29 in which he followed an Asian female home in the same neighbourhood, then stood in front of the house making animal sounds. Charges were not pursued in that incident.

Last December, the same male attended a business on Speedvale Avenue East where he got into a verbal confrontation with the manager after refusing to wear a mask.

A 21-year-old Guelph male is charged with criminal harassment and causing a disturbance. He will appear in a Guelph court July 20.