Alleged hot-tub racist arrested at Burnaby rec centre

46-year-old New Westminster man faces charges after reportedly yelling racial slurs, screaming and swearing at Edmonds Community Centre Sunday night.

A 46-year-old New Westminster man soaking in a Burnaby rec centre hot tub was arrested Sunday night after allegedly yelling racial slurs, screaming and swearing at staff and other patrons, according to Burnaby RCMP.

Police got a report just after 7:30 p.m. that the man had been asked by Edmonds Community Centre staff to leave but had refused.

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Five officers eventually attended as the suspect initially did not comply after being asked “multiple times” to leave the swimming pool area, according to police.

After a trip to the changeroom, the man was taken away in a police car and now faces charges of mischief and causing a disturbance.

He has been released on a promise to appear.

As one of his release conditions he is not allowed to go to the Edmonds Community Centre.

In a separate incident, police arrested a 45-year-old man allegedly involved in a number of serious incidents in Burnaby – including hurling racist and sexist remarks around on a transit bus.

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