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Toronto man arrested after nooses found at hospital construction site earlier this year

Police have arrested and charged a Toronto man after two nooses were found at a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital back in June.

Arrest made as part of a 'hate-motivated mischief and criminal harassment' investigation

Police have arrested a man after two nooses were found at a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital. The arrest was part of a 'hate-motivated mischief and criminal harassment' investigation. (Martin Trainor/ CBC News)
  • Update: Charges against Jason Lahay were stayed after court heard on April 8, 2021 he was killed in a car crash.

Police have arrested and charged a Toronto man after two nooses were found at a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital in June.

On June 10, employees called police after two Black construction workers found two nooses at the site on Coxwell Avenue, north of Danforth Avenue.

Police said the site was not accessible to the general public and that it was secured by an entry code and monitored by 24-hour surveillance video.

On Friday, police arrested Jason Lahay, 34, of Toronto, and charged him with Mischief Interrupt Property Over $5,000 and three counts of Criminal Harassment.

The arrest is part of a "hate-motivated mischief and criminal harassment" investigation by Toronto police, which includes similar incidents at several other construction sites across the city.

As part of the investigation a task force was created with members of the Toronto Police Service Hate Crime Unit as well as investigators from 55 Division, 52 Division and 11 Division.

'No place for hate': councillor

In a statement, Coun. Paula Fletcher, who represents the area, said she was "very happy" with the news of the arrest, and that her office "never stopped the pressure to investigate and make this arrest."

"I know our community will continue to stand up to ensure there is no place for hate in the East End. And I will continue to work with all of you," the statement continued.

With files from Derick Deonarain

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