A New Westminster man is facing charges after an incident at the Edmonds Community Centre in Burnaby on Sunday night.
According to Burnaby RCMP, the incident took place around 7:30 pm, when officers received a report that a man “was allegedly yelling racial slurs, screaming, and swearing” at staff and other patrons in the community centre’s pool.
Police said they were told the man had also been asked to leave by centre staff, but refused to do so.
In a statement to Daily Hive, police said that upon their arrival at the facility, officers also asked the man “multiple times” to leave the swimming pool area. He eventually did so, and was subsequently arrested by police.
Now, the 46-year-old is facing charges of Mischief and Cause a Disturbance in relation to this incident.
He has been released on a promise to appear.
In the meantime, police said that as part of his release conditions he is not allowed to go to Edmonds Community Centre.
Second incident in less than a week
The incident comes less than a week after another racist incident in Burnaby, this time on transit.
In that incident, a 45-year-old man was arrested in connection with a number of offences, including theft, assault, and a “racist outburst” on a TransLink bus.
According to Burnaby RCMP, the incident began on Thursday, just before 4 pm, when police received a report that a man had racially abused a member of the public and then assaulted them in the area of Parker Street and Alpha Avenue.
After locating the man, police said they were approached by staff members from a nearby liquor store who stated that the man had stolen alcohol just prior to police arrival.
Later that evening, just before 6 pm, police received a report from a member of the public who said they were on a bus earlier in the day, and had witnessed a man who was allegedly making racist and sexist comments on the bus. They later confirmed it was the same man involved in all the incidents.