Five more arrested in connection to ‘fake homecoming’ event in west Hamilton

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Published October 15, 2021 at 7:49 am

Hamilton Police have made five more arrests in connection to an unsanctioned homecoming party in Westdale earlier this month.

In total, six arrests have now been made in connection to the event that was attended by an estimated 5,000 people celebrating ‘fake homecoming’ at the same time as McMaster University’s football team played their first game of the season.

Glass bottles and cans were reportedly hurled at police officers and a squad car was damaged in addition to a resident’s car being flipped over.

The incident prompted McMaster president, David Farrar, to issue an apology for the havoc wreaked along the west Hamilton residential street.

“The vast majority of our students chose not to be part of the gathering, but those who did, and especially those who chose to be reckless and destructive, put themselves and others at risk,” Farrar said in a statement.

“Their actions leave the impression that all students behave this way, which is neither true nor fair.”

The most recent arrests include three 18-year-old men from Acton who are students at McMaster, Waterloo University and York University, respectively; a 20-year-old McMaster student from Stoney Creek; and a 20-year-old Smithville man who is not a student.

All five have been charged with mischief over $5,000.

A 19-year-old Wilfrid Laurier student from Burlington was arrested on Oct. 7 and charged with mischief under $5,000.

Two people were also charged with liquor licence violations and five others charged with breaching the peace.

Police said Friday (Oct. 15) that they were not searching for any more suspects in the case.

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