Hamilton Police Arrest Toronto Male in Gore Park Mischief

Hamilton Police have arrested a 56-year-old Toronto male in connection with a mischief incident in Gore Park.

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, approximately 200 individuals attended the Indigenous Freedom Rally, which began at City Hall and then moved to Gore Park. Around 2:15 p.m., a female was seen scaling the statue to tie ropes, which were then used to pull the statue down. There were no reported injuries. Once the statue was on the ground, further damage was caused using spray paint, a hammer, and a grinder. The damage is estimated to be in excess of $5,000.

Due to the size of the crowd, police remained on scene to monitor the event. The crowd eventually dispersed at 3:00 p.m.

On August 15, 2021, several images of suspects believed to be involved in the mischief were released to the media. As a result, Hamilton Police received numerous tips to help identify the suspect and grounds were established to arrest a 56-year-old male from Toronto.


  • Miguel Martin Avila-Valarde
  • Mischief Over $5,000

He was released on an undertaking and will appear in court at a later date.

The investigation is ongoing and Hamilton Police anticipate laying further charges. If you have any information that can help with this investigation, please call Detective Sergeant Dave Oleniuk at 905-546-3833.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit an anonymous tip online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.