A 47-year-old man is expected to appear in court Wednesday for defacing an Islamic Community Centre in Rosemont.
Montreal Police caught the man trying to throw an object with liquid through the centre's window on Bélanger near 23rd Avenue around 1:45 AM Tuesday.
Officers had been staking-out the building after it had been the target of five counts of vandalism dating back to April. Some targeting the centre's director Adil Charkaoui.
Officials had to use a taser to stop the man because he took out a long knife and began threatening officers and himself, according to Constable Simon Delorme.
“Police officers, who are trained in crisis intervention, tried to negotiate with the man, but he was not connected to reality,” said Delorme.
“I would like the police to continue the investigation so we can determine who the organization behind these acts is. On this street you find bars, churches and everything is ok, so why every time Muslims are attacked? It’s unacceptable,” Youssef Youssef, a man attending the centre said.
“We are scared when things like this happen. Children attend the centre, it is not good for them or us, it hurts us. We must respect all religions, we respect people with the cross,” Rachida Neaili, another woman at the centre said.
Police described the 47-year-old as a white Quebecer. He was taken to hospital and will be questioned once doctor's give him the all-clear.