According to Montreal police, a suspect in a violent break-in at a downtown mosque now faces additional charges.
In connection with an incident that occurred early on Sunday at the Al-Omah Al-Islamiah mosque, Cory Anderson, 32, is facing charges of assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement, and criminal mischief.
A national Muslim organization released surveillance footage that appears to show a person using a rock to break through the front door of the mosque and into the prayer room before attempting to strike a young worshiper.
The Canadian Muslim Forum had requested that the incident be investigated as a hate crime by the police.
Monday, Montreal police said that the incident did not appear to be motivated by hate. However, the hate crime unit’s investigators became involved because a church was targeted.
After being released on a promise to appear after being charged with mischief, Anderson was re-arrested today and will remain in custody until at least Thursday, according to authorities.