The person going through homicide fees within the truck assault of a Muslim household in London, Ont., has left no traces on social media about his life, however a neighbour who spoke to CBC Information mentioned whereas the 20-year-old saved to himself, he’d have frequent and noisy gatherings in his downtown condo.
Particulars about Nathaniel Veltman are troublesome to piece collectively. It is recognized, nonetheless, that he was dwelling in an condo in downtown London and has ties to Strathroy, a small neighborhood within the coronary heart of southwestern Ontario farm nation.
Mike Arntfield, a former London police officer who’s now an affiliate professor in criminology at Western College, says the case is uncommon as a result of folks linked to such killings have a tendency to go away “digital legacies” and a “path of hatred on-line that clearly factors to a sure disposition, a sure set of motivations or ideologies.”
“This man is a ghost,” the criminologist mentioned in regards to the accused within the truck assault.
“Standard Web serps reveal principally nothing [about him], apart from this story.”
Arrested close to the assault scene
Police say Veltman was arrested within the car parking zone of a shopping center, about 10 minutes afterwithin the northwest a part of the town.
Little is understood about Veltman’s childhood. He attended Strathroy District Collegiate Institute after which Fanshawe School in London.
On the time of his arrest, he had been working half time at Grey Ridge Egg Farms in Strathroy.
Police have been stationed all week outdoors the lowrise condo constructing the place Veltman lives.
One of many accused’s neighbours informed CBC that Veltman typically performed video video games late into the night time.
The neighbour, who CBC agreed to not title to guard her privateness, mentioned she lately heard banging coming from inside Veltman’s condo at 3 a.m., so knocked on his door, requested him to be quiet and reminded him it is a household constructing.
“He could not preserve a straight eye contact with you,” the neighbour mentioned.
“That is once I was first, like, ‘OK, I’ve obtained somebody unstable dwelling beside me. Subsequent time, let’s not go to the door. Let’s name [the police], if something,’ as a result of, , I do not wish to work together with somebody like that.”
Police say Veltman was sporting one thing just like physique armour after they arrested him late Sunday.
The neighbour who spoke to CBC mentioned she by no means heard him utter something anti-Muslim, however nonetheless, “one thing was uncommon about him.”
She mentioned he all the time had folks inside his condo and there was fixed noise.
“Simply banging typically and banging on the partitions to the purpose my photos are transferring. If not that, loud music, video video games — it was simply intense.”
Neighbour shocked to listen to of arrest
She mentioned she was shocked to study of the fees Veltman now faces.
“Somebody like that was beside me, and it is simply unsettling figuring out that somebody like that’s in a household constructing.”
A number of Veltmans reside in Strathroy.
At one Veltman household residence within the small city, the curtains have been instantly shut when a CBC Information reporter rang the doorbell.
At one other Veltman handle off an extended nation highway in Strathroy, a “no trespassing” signal had been positioned close to a driveway resulting in the property. A neighbour watched by way of her entrance window as journalists stopped all through the day on Tuesday, the identical day 1000’s of individuals, together with politicians,.
Locals who spoke to CBC mentioned they have been shocked to listen to the suspect within the assault on the London household was from Strathroy.
A mass homicide is outlined as 4 or extra deaths in a single incident, mentioned Arntfield. A suspect arrested whereas sporting physique armour might point out the person suits into the “pseudo-commando” subtype, he added.
“No matter motive, this subtype has a fascination with devices, and police and military paraphernelia, they see themselves as a collector with some type of finish sport in thoughts,” mentioned Arntfield. Pseudo-commandos are typically younger, he added.
That is the primary mass homicide in London’s historical past, however how, if in any respect, the suspect was indoctrinated to hate Muslims or different teams can be a central query within the case, he mentioned.
“The insidious nature of those teams and the shortcoming to quantify their footprint in a neighborhood is what makes them so harmful and why stopping acts like that is so troublesome. If the suspect does lean towards sure ideologies, do they align with an present group or have these teams merely imparted some world view on him that he is form of created his custom-made model of?”