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Man wanted in Assault with a Weapon investigation,
Birchmount Road and Bay Mills Boulevard area,
Investigators determine events described in news release
did not happen

Broadcast time: 15:16
Friday, January 12, 2018

42 Division

Case #: 2018-70367

The Toronto Police Service requests assistance identifying a man involved in an Assault with a Weapon investigation.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, at 9 a.m., officers responded to a call for a hate crime in the Birchmount Road and Bay Mills Boulevard area.

It is reported that:

- an 11-year-old girl was walking to school

- she was approached from behind by a man

- he pulled off the hood to her jacket

- he then cut her hijab with a pair of scissors

- he then fled the area

The man is described as Asian, 20-30, 5'7"-5'8", thin build, black hair with straight bangs to the eyebrows, thin moustache, black prescription glasses. He was wearing a black hooded sweater with the hood up, black pants, brown gloves.

Police are asking any business owners or residents in the area, who may have security or dash cam video, to check their footage as it may have captured the man loitering in the area prior to the assault.

This is being investigated as a hate crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Update: On Monday, January 15, 2018, the Toronto Police Service announced that investigators have determined the events described in this news release did not happen.

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Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective David Little, 42 Division