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Vancouver Police issue warrant for man who skipped court on hate crime charges

Warrant for hate crimes

A 47-year-old man has been charged in relation to hateful graffiti on Vancouver's Chinese Cultural Centre last year, and a province-wide warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Yves Castonguay, 47, faces two charges: one for public incitement of hatred, and one count of mischief to property, Vancouver Police say, after the Downtown Eastside centre was vandalized on April 2, 2020.

Racist language about the Asian community was written on the windows.

Castonguay was charged March 30, but didn't show up for his subsequent court date. The VPD says it wants to reassure the Asian community that it's working to hold Castonguay and others accountable for hate crimes.

“Vancouver Police saw a 717 per cent increase in crimes that contained an element of hate, bias, and prejudice last year, with people of East Asian descent being the primary targets,” says Const. Tania Visintin. “The criminal charge for public incitement of hatred is a serious, specific charge that is rarely used. We are pleased that investigators were able to secure it.”

The VPD is asking anyone who knows of Castonguay to contact them; they can be reached at 604-717-3321. If anyone witnesses a hate crime, the VPD urges them to call 911.



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