Canadians on Alert: Arrest made in Ottawa arson spree at low-income housing areas

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with “hate-motivated mischief incidents” costing Ottawa police nearly $140,000 over the past nine months. Bradston Martinez, who is from Toronto, was arrested in Ottawa on Wednesday….

Canadians on Alert: Arrest made in Ottawa arson spree at low-income housing areas

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with “hate-motivated mischief incidents” costing Ottawa police nearly $140,000 over the past nine months.

Bradston Martinez, who is from Toronto, was arrested in Ottawa on Wednesday. He faces six counts of arson, four counts of defacing property and two counts of mischief.

According to Ottawa police spokesperson Const. Cathy Martineau, the incidents happened between Nov. 13, 2017 and Feb. 9 of this year.

Investigators say Martinez set five fireplaces on fire in the Centretown and Westboro neighbourhoods, and defaced three subway property signs.

Martineau said Martinez is from Toronto and is not from Ottawa.

In November, Mayor Jim Watson called on police to “step up” efforts to apprehend those responsible for “minor acts of mischief throughout the city,” adding that the incidents occurred at low-income housing areas.

Police had said previously that they believed arson was the motive for the fires.

Martineau said that she believed the public can continue to help police.

“Suffice it to say, the fire chief has stated that multiple crimes within a short span of time are concerning, and that the tools used would seem to be a tool used to achieve political objectives,” she added.

Martineau said that investigators believe there may be more suspects.

Anyone with information on the suspicious fires or vandalism is asked to call the police service’s criminal investigation branch at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116.

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