Hamilton, Ontario,

Hamilton Man Arrested for Arson

Hamilton Police responded to reports of male setting fire to the play structure at Gage Park. A 33-year-old Hamilton man was arrested and appeared in court on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, shortly after 6:00 a.m., a male attended the area of the kids play structure at Gage Park, located at 1000 Main Street East. He was then seen setting fire to the structure, causing a portion of it to melt. Information was passed on to the Hamilton Police and once on scene, police located the male and placed him under arrest. A search of his property revealed he was in possession of evidence to support his involvement in the arson.

An investigation into the male’s identify confirmed he was bound by a Probation Order and his arrest signified a violation to that order. He was advised of the additional charge.

Joel Babineau, 33-year-of-age was taken into police custody and later that day he appeared in court to answer to the charges.

The City of Hamilton Parks Department was contacted.


  • Joel Babineau, 33-years-of age of Hamilton


  • Arson
  • Breach of Probation

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact the Arson Investigator’s Office by calling 905-540-5085.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com