Man charged with mischief after defacing of Indigenous painting

Above, Algonquin mischief suspect. Courtesy photo

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Service Hate Crime Section has charged a man after an investigation into the vandalizing of an Indigenous painting at Algonquin College on January 28. A man was arrested by Frontline patrol officers Feb. 1 at Algonquin College.

Safy Benaissa, 32-years-old, has been charged with one count of mischief over $5,000. Any evidence to support hate motivation is presented during sentencing.

The Hate Crime Section continues to investigate and thanks the public for its assistance.

The Ottawa Police Service also thanks Algonquin Security Services personnel for their assistance in this investigation.

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