Canadian Nationalist Party Leader Travis Patron charged after 2 women attacked in Regina
Patron founded party prior to 2019 general election
Travis Patron, who founded the Canadian Nationalist Party and ran under its banner during the federal election, has been charged after two women were attacked in Regina last week, police say.
The 28-year-old of Redvers, Sask., was arrested and charged following the early-morning incident on Nov. 2. He appeared in court Tuesday.
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Patron is charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and breach of probation.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Patron told CBC News: "we disagree with the charges that have been put forward and we are willing to dispute them in court if necessary."
Police were called to the 1900 block of Victoria Avenue around 2:27 a.m. CST on Nov. 2 for a report of an assault. Officers were told that two women — ages 33 and 43 — were attacked by a man.
The women had visible injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Police said further investigation revealed the women had been talking with Patron earlier in the night. It's alleged that Patron offered the women a ride home, they refused, and then he assaulted them.
Officers spotted a man matching the description walking westbound on Victoria Avenue. Police say they attempted to stop the man, "but he refused and carried on."
Police said they found out the suspect's identity and arranged an interview with him. He was subsequently arrested and charged.
Patron is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 25.
During the election campaign, his far-right party was accused of advocating white nationalism and drew the ire of anti-hate groups for its anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ views.