Second teen arrested in connection to racist graffiti
A second teenager has been arrested in connection to racist graffiti scrawled on the walls of a shopping mall parkade in Richmond, B.C.
The 16-year-old was arrested around 3 p.m. at the Brighouse SkyTrain station.
Police are recommending charges of mischief against the teen, who will appear in court on August 25.
RCMP identified the teen and another 18-year-old from surveillance footage taken in a stairwell at the Empire Centre on July 22. The walls of the mall's parkade are adorned with racially tinged graffiti and misogynist messages.
"The graffiti consisted of derogatory comments against people of Chinese origin –- however, the graffiti was aimed directly at the police as well," Cpl. Sherrdean Turley told reporters.
Police are looking into the possibility of treating the graffiti as a hate crime.
The 18-year-old suspect was arrested at the shopping mall on Wednesday. He also faces a mischief charge and will appear in court on September 14.