A 40-year-old Cambridge man faces a number of charges following what Hamilton Police have deemed a “hate crime” attack there on Monday.
According to a police news release, a mother and daughter were walking through a parking lot in a plaza in the Ancaster Meadowlands at about 9:30 p.m. when a vehicle pulling out of a parking spot almost struck one of them.
The interaction escalated with the suspect uttering threats toward the victims while using slurs targeting the Muslim community, police report.
The victims ran across the street and hid behind some bushes while the suspect searched for them. He eventually located them and threatened to kill them, but one of the victims ran screaming for help and witnesses intervened as the suspect fled the area.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The accused is charged with three counts of uttering death threats, two counts of assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with a probation order.