Suspected Hate-Motivated Assault,
Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue West,
Person of Interest Identified
Broadcast time: 13:58
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Unit: 53 Division
Case #: 2021-459054
The Toronto Police Service is making the public aware of a suspected hate-motivated assault.
On Friday, March 12, 2021, at 11:49 a.m., police responded to an Assault in Progress in the Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue West area.
It has been reported that:
- a man was inside a business making anti-Semitic slurs
- the man stepped outside with a witness, when the disagreement became heated
- outside, the man continued to make offensive comments
- the victim intervened and challenged the suspect
- he then punched the victim in the face
Toronto Police 53 Division immediately launched an investigation and have identified a person of interest. After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, the assault is being treated as a suspected Hate Crime.
This is an active investigation and divisional officers will continue to patrol the area as part of their daily duties.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, 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 Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Niki Spyropoulos, 53 Division