Three Charged in Protest at Mohawk College PPC Event
Hamilton Police have arrested three individuals in relation to a People’s Party of Canada speaking event that took place at Mohawk College late last month.
On Sunday, September 29, 2019, members of the public purchased tickets and attended the Mohawk College McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, located at 135 Fennell Ave. W. Hamilton, for a political speaking event held by the People’s Party of Canada.
Event attendees were met by a large group of approximately 100 protesters as they entered the building. Hamilton Police and Mohawk College Security Services were onsite to ensure community safety and well-being for protesters and attendees. Four arrests were made for breach of the peace. The arrested parties were removed from the scene and later released unconditionally. There were no reported injuries.
Hamilton Police continued the investigation to identify potential criminal offences, suspects, as well as interview victims and witnesses. Hamilton Police further reviewed numerous hours of video from a number of sources including media and social media footage. As a result, several criminal offences and suspects were identified.
On October 22, 2019, Hamilton Police arrested one male and on October 23, 2019, two males turned themselves in to Hamilton Police for offences related to the Mohawk College incident.
Charged: Alaa AL SOUFI (27-years-old) Toronto resident
- Intimidation X2, Disguise with Intent X2 and Cause Disturbance
Charged: Kevin METCALF (33-years-old) Toronto resident
- Obstruct Police
Charged: Maximiliano HERRERA (30-years-old) Hamilton resident
- Intimidation and Assault Level One
All arrested parties will appear for a bail hearing at John Sopinka Court House in Hamilton.
Hamilton Police are still attempting to identify two victims that were assaulted and encourage them to come forward and contact police.
- A male victim was assaulted by a male suspect when videotaping the event on his cell phone.
- A female victim was assaulted when a male suspect knocked her hat from her head, which was later returned by police.
These offences were captured on video surveillance and the suspects have been identified but Police would like to identify and speak to the victims.
If you have any information that you believe could assist with this investigation, you are asked to contact Detective Constable James Durka at 905-546-8966 or Detective Sergeant Marco DelConte at 905-546-3851.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com