Peterborough man charged after officer suffers serious injuries in hate crime incident

A Peterborough man is facing an array of charges after allegedly causing serious injuries to an officer during a hate crime incident at the police station.

According to police, officers were called to a shelter on Brealey Drive for a male who had been smoking in a washroom located inside the facility, was refusing to leave and causing issues with staff shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday (April 5).

“Police arrived on scene and located the male who became verbally aggressive with officers. The male continued to refuse to leave and was arrested under the Trespass to Property Act and also further arrested to prevent a breach of the peace,” reads a media release.

“While in custody at the police station the accused spat in the cell area and spat towards officers.”

Jesse Dean Rowe, 26, of no fixed address was subsequently charged with assault peace officer, mischief under $5,000, fail to leave premises when directed, engage in prohibited activity on premise, cause a nuisance – public disturbance and smoke tobacco in prohibited place.

When Rowe was being released from custody the following day, police noted that “his behavior escalated.”

“The accused yelled derogatory names at an officer, spat on the wall and door frame and then threw a cellphone charger cord at an officer striking the officer. The accused was apprehended by officers during which time an officer sustained a serious injury,” reads a media release.

“Peterborough Paramedics attended to provide medical assistance to the officer who also required treatment at hospital.”

The incident has been classified as a hate crime, police said.

Rowe was also charged with assault peace officer causing bodily harm, mischief under $5,000 and fail to comply with a probation order.

According to police, hwas held in custody and appeared in court via video appearance.

“While in custody the accused spat on an officer,” the media release reads.

Rowe was also charged with assault peace officer and fail to comply with a probation order.

He was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in Peterborough court on Thursday (April 9).

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