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'Helmet guy' Chris Vanderweide charged for uttering threats online, York region police say

Christopher Vanderweide, known on social media as "helmet guy," has been charged, police say, for uttering threats and breaching probation.

York Regional Police say online threats led to arrest

Christopher Vanderweide has been charged with one count of uttering threats and another count of breaching probation. (Rick Boswick/Facebook)

Christopher Vanderweide, known on social media as "helmet guy," has been charged, police say, for uttering threats and breaching probation.

Andy Pattenden, a media relations officer with York Regional Police, said officers made an arrest on Sunday after reports of threats made online.

Pattenden would not confirm the context of the allegations.

"We have a duty to protect the identity of [the] victim so I won't provide details on that. The specifics of the threat are now evidence before the court so I won't speak to that either," he wrote in an email on Tuesday afternoon.

Christopher Vanderweide, centre, pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon after violence at a 2019 Pride festival. (Chris Vanderweide/Facebook)

Vanderweide was held in custody and released on bail.

The 29-year-old is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Nov. 23.

Previous guilty plea to assault with weapon in September

In September, Vanderweide pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a weapon after violence at a 2019 Pride festival in Hamilton.

The Kitchener man showed up at the festival just after noon with a group of self-appointed street preachers called the 'Servanthoods,' who showed up at the festival with homophobic signs and a loud speaker. Video shows him hitting two people in the face with a helmet.

Vanderweide received a one-year suspended sentence that included anger management counselling. His probation conditions also said he could not go to Gage Park for a year or contact his victims or another witness to the event.

He also could not possess any weapons and had to keep the peace.

With files from Samantha Craggs

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