Calgary, AB,
06
December
2023
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10:53
America/Denver

One man charged after hate-motivated threats to community centre

One man has been charged with making hate-motivated threats to a community centre after a concerning voicemail was left in October.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, the Islamic Centre of Calgary, located at 5615 14 Avenue S.W., reported a concerning message left on their voicemail. A  man made several threatening and Islamophobic comments before hanging up.

Gregory DUCHSCHER, 59, of Calgary, has been charged with one count of uttering threats, with hate motivation added as an aggravating factor. He will next appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024.

“Threats, whether in-person, online or over a phone have lasting impact on not only the victim, but entire communities,” says Inspector Keith Hurley of the Calgary Police Service. “Our investigators did an excellent job to find this individual and we want to reassure Calgarians that we take these incidents very seriously and will continue to investigate until we find those accountable.”

There is no place for hate in our city. Hate-motivated crimes are recognizable crimes, like assault, theft, vandalism or any other crime, where the offender was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate that is based on one of nine personal characteristics of the victim. If you see hate, report it. Visit www.reporthate.ca for more information on how and why to report.

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

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Case #: CA23465154 /5684