Suspect sought in hate-motivated mischief investigation,
Finch West Subway Station,
Broadcast time: 11:00
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Case #: 2020-1072586
The Toronto Police Service requests the public's assistance identifying a suspect as part of a hate-motivated mischief investigation.
On Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 2:40 a.m., officers responded to a call at Finch West Subway Station.
It is reported that:
- a man left cardboard pieces around the station
- the pieces of card contained derogatory messages aimed at the black community
- the incident is being investigated as a hate-motivated criminal offence
The suspect is described as 28 to 35 years old, with a full beard, and long hair tied back. He was wearing a black hoodie with writing on the right sleeve, black and red 'Deadpool' baseball hat, long dark shorts, black boots, and black socks. He was carrying an 'Avengers' backpack and plastic bag.
Security camera images have been released in a bid to identify him. Anyone who recognizes him is urged to contact police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.
When suspected hate-motivated offences are reported to police, the investigation will be led by a divisional investigator. The Hate Crime Unit will be made aware and specialized officers from that unit will support the investigation as needed.
If it is alleged a criminal offence was committed (such as assault or mischief) and it is believed to have been motivated by bias, prejudice or hate, the officer-in-charge will consult with the Crown. If a person is charged and convicted of the offence, the Judge will take into consideration hate as an aggravating factor when imposing a sentence.
Wilful promotion of hatred and advocating genocide are hate propaganda (hate speech) offences which require the Attorney General’s consent. Members of the Hate Crime Unit will provide assistance and support to the divisional investigators in seeking the Attorney General’s consent to lay these charges, if applicable. These charges are often laid at a later time.
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Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Manny Randhawa, 31 Division