Two teenage suspects are facing multiple charges after what police are treating as a hate-motivated altercation at the Brockville Dairy Queen.
In a media release, Brockville police say that on Jan. 18, at about 11:15, police received reports of a fight that was taking place at Dairy Queen located at Central Avenue and Stewart Boulevard. As officers were on route, they received information that someone in the altercation was in possession of a knife.
As officers arrived on scene they witnessed two suspects fleeing the restaurant; they were both located and arrested.
“Further investigation revealed that two males, 15 and 18 years of age, attended Dairy Queen and approached the black male victim,” police say. “They uttered derogatory, racial slurs to the victim, which instigated the physical altercation.”
Police say this resulted in the victim being assaulted; he was punched in the head and body. Multiple others became involved in the altercation in attempts to break it up. At some point during the altercation, one of the suspects brandished a knife.
Later, after the arrest, it was found that both suspects were in possession of knives and a substance believed to be cocaine.
The victim received non-life-threatening injuries.
The two suspects were held for a bail hearing. Both were charged with criminal harassment, assault, carry concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, mischief under $5,000. and possession of cocaine.
Police say this incident is being investigated as a hate motivated crime.