Peterborough man accused of assault in alleged hate crime at police station

A Peterborough man is facing several charges, including assaulting a peace officer, following an alleged hate crime at the police station.

The Peterborough Police Service says that just before 10 p.m., officers were called to the Peterborough Sport and Wellness emergency shelter for reports of a man who allegedly had been smoking in a washroom in the building. He allegedly refused to leave the property.

Police say the man became “verbally aggressive” with officers when they arrived and refused to leave. He was arrested and taken to the police station.

While in custody at the police station, he allegedly spat in the cell area and toward officers.

Jesse Dean Rowe, 26, of no fixed address, Peterborough, was arrested and charged with assaulting a peace officer; mischief under $5,000; failure to leave premises when directed; engaging in prohibited activity on a premise; causing a nuisance or public disturbance; and smoking tobacco in a prohibited place contrary to the Smoke Free Ontario Act.

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