Public Safety Alert,
Suspect sought in two hate-motivated assault investigations,
Lake Shore Boulevard West and Dwight Avenue area,
Further reports made to police
Broadcast time: 15:55
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Case #: 2020-1676896
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of two further incidents in an ongoing hate-motivated assault investigation.
See previous release.
It is further reported that:
- on Thursday, September 3, 2020, a man approached a 27-year-old man who was walking with a 26-year-old woman in the Lake Shore Boulevard West and Twenty Ninth Street area
- the suspect, without warning, began to strike the 27-year-old man several times
- the victim yelled for help and 911 was called
- the suspect then began running southbound on Twenty Eighth Street
The suspect was described as white, 26 -32, 5’8" to 5’10", with a medium build. He was wearing a white or light grey hooded sweater, light pink shorts, running shoes and a dark pink or purple hat.
It is reported that:
- a man approached a 32-year-old man on Friday, September 4, 2020, in the Lakeshore Boulevard West and Legion Road area
- the suspect shouted racially charged comments towards the 32-year-old man while holding an object in his hand
- the victim attempted to call police and the suspect then took his phone and threw it to the ground
- the victim tried to get his phone, at which point the suspect assaulted the victim in an attempt to prevent him from doing so
- the victim got his phone back and fled the area while contacting the police
The suspect was described as white, 5’9", 35-45, with a thin build, and blond beard. He was wearing a black baseball hat, white t shirt, black jacket, black pants and black running shoes.
The same man is believed to be responsible for all four attacks. All four victims are of South Asian descent.
Police are actively investigating these incidents as hate-motivated assaults. Officers from the hate crime unit will continue to work with divisional officers to establish the full circumstances.
The investigation is on-going and anyone who may have witnessed the incident or incidents, and has information, is urged to contact police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, 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.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Christopher Ethier, 11 Division